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3-D Printed Instrument Expands Options For RA Tests, Treatments

Diagnostics World News reported that researchers from HSS and the New York Genome Center (NYGC) designed a low-cost 3-D printed droplet instrument to study single-cell analysis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.  

Laura Donlin, PhD, co-director of the Derfner Foundation Precision Medicine Laboratory at HSS and co-author of the study, explained that the tool, miniDrops, provides a low-cost and portable option for researchers.

Dr. Donlin and her team examined rheumatoid arthritis synovial tissue using miniDrops and found that it improved workflow efficiency.  

"The tissue came out of the operating room straight to the bench. [We] put cells from the tissue into the machine within an hour," said Dr. Donlin.

From there, Dr. Donlin noted that they were able to study cells from an unbiased and comprehensive perspective, as well as discover new cell types.

"With this technology, you can begin to figure out among patients how differences in cell compositions relate to treatment responses," she added.

Read the full article at diagnosticsworldnews.com