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Published January 1998 | Published
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A micro cell lysis device


A new micromachined cell lysis device is developed. It is designed for miniature bio-analysis systems where cell lysing is needed to obtain intracellular materials for further analysis such as DNA identification. It consists of muti-electrode pairs to apply electric fields to cells. We adopt the means of using electric field lysing because it can greatly simplify purification steps for preparation of biological samples, when compared to conventional chemical methods. Yeast, Chinese cabbage, radish cells and E. coli are tested with the device. The lysis of yeast, Chinese cabbage, radish cells is observed by a microscope. The experimental observation suggests E. coli are also lysed by the pulsed electric field. The range of electric field for the lysis is on the order of 1 kV/cm to 10 kV/cm. In addition, for practical reasons, we reduce the voltage required for lysing to less than 10 V by making the electrode gap on the order of microns.

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© Copyright 1998 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. Meeting Date: 01/25/1998 - 01/29/1998. This work is supported by the DARPA MICROFLUMES program under Naval Ocean Systems Center Contract N66001-96-C-83632. The authors would like to thank Xing Yang for help with processing.

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