Scientists at the University of British Columbia and the Centre for Translational and Applied Genomics have created a silicone chip about the size of a 9-volt battery that routes fluid through microscopic tubes and valves, allowing the analysis of individual cells. "Single-cell genetic analysis is vital in a host of areas, including stem cell research and advanced cancer biology and diagnostics, but until now it has been too costly to become widespread in research and for use in health care," research team leader Carl Hansen said. The technology will allow "clinicians to distinguish various cancers from one another and tailor their treatments accordingly," he said.

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