Sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive

Down to Earth - - HEALTH -

iChip is a sim­ple de­vice with sev­eral mem­branes that are used si­mul­ta­ne­ously to iso­late and grow un­cul­tured bac­te­ria 1 Scores of bac­te­ria are present in soil. Th­ese bac­te­ria can yield many an­tibi­otics. How­ever, th­ese bac­te­ria till now could not be grown in the lab­o­ra­tory

2 Re­searchers ex­tract in­di­vid­ual bac­terium cells which are then placed in each of the 96 iChip cham­bers 3 The de­vice is buried in soil so that the sin­gle cells re­ceive nu­tri­ents and mul­ti­ply. The colony is then used in labs

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