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A Study of 3D Microenvironments Provides Physicians with More Complete Information

From a patient’s perspective, when a doctor orders a biopsy of a tumor, the more information that a single sample can provide, the easier it is on the patient. And when that data comes from a sample analyzed in 3-D rather than 2-D, the information about the tumor and its microenvironment will be much more complete, providing the doctor with a bigger picture. An interdisciplinary Notre Dame team has recently developed a microfluidic device that will, as Jeremiah Zartman, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, points out, “take diagnosis to a higher dimension,” providing a three-dimensional view of the distribution of cells and proteins in the sample.

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