Journal article

The Poisson distribution and beyond: methods for microfluidic droplet production and single cell encapsulation

David J Collins, Adrian Neild, Andrew deMello, Ai-Qun Liu, Ye Ai

LAB ON A CHIP | ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY | Published : 2015

Abstract

There is a recognized and growing need for rapid and efficient cell assays, where the size of microfluidic devices lend themselves to the manipulation of cellular populations down to the single cell level. An exceptional way to analyze cells independently is to encapsulate them within aqueous droplets surrounded by an immiscible fluid, so that reagents and reaction products are contained within a controlled microenvironment. Most cell encapsulation work has focused on the development and use of passive methods, where droplets are produced continuously at high rates by pumping fluids from external pressure-driven reservoirs through defined microfluidic geometries. With limited exceptions, the..

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