Vesicle-based method and apparatus for collecting, manipulating, and chemically processing trace macromolecular species

United States Patent

7,338,796
March 4, 2008
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Disclosed is an apparatus and method for inserting one or several chemical or biological species into phospholipid containers that are controlled within a microfluidic network, wherein individual containers are tracked and manipulated by electric fields and wherein the contained species may be chemically processed.
Davalos; Rafael V. (Oakland, CA), Ellis; Christopher R. B. (Oakland, CA)
Sandia Corporation (Livermore, CA)
10/914,991
August 9, 2004
435/285.2 ; 422/81; 422/82; 435/173.6;
C12M 1/42 (20060101); B32B 5/02 (20060101); C12N 13/00 (20060101);
435/285.2,173.6 422/81,82
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under government contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention, including a paid-up license and the right, in limited circumstances, to require the owner of any patent issuing in this invention to license others on reasonable terms.