Optical “Tweezer” Enables Fast, Low-Cost Screening of Bacteria and Cancer Cells

Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have proposed a new technology, called optical tweezer-assisted pool-screening and single-cell isolation (OPSI) system, which achieves 99.7% purity of sorting target cells, with all done in real-time. The study was published in Lab on a Chip on November 29, 2022. The article is titled “Versatile, Facile and Low-Cost Single-Cell Isolation, Culture and Sequencing by Optical Tweezer-Assisted Pool-Screening.” Current cell-sorting methods cannot effectively sort cells of various sizes while maintaining their viability for future testing. Compared with the currently used methods, the OPSI technology reduces cost and resources consumed. It also saves time, which is of utmost importance when dealing with abnormal cells or pathogens. 
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