5,000 Year-old Toy Inspires Researchers Build An Innovative Scientific Gizmo – Market News Updates
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5,000 Year-old Toy Inspires Researchers Build An Innovative Scientific Gizmo

Lately, a 5,000-year-old plaything has inspired a group of engineers to develop a cost-effective and hand-powered methodical contrivance that can help filed biologists, students, and other researchers with limited resources carry out their experiments. The portable centrifuge is a novel device that can separate scientific samples including DNA very systematically. The current study published in the journal PLOS Biology has researcher Gaurav Byagathvalli from Lambert High School along with his colleagues M. Saad Bhamla from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Soham Sinha from Georgia Tech have created a new technology that can prove useful in the upcoming research. The device has been named 3-D-Fuge as it was created via 3-D printing that too in two separate applications.

The device was used to identify four of the unknown plant and insect species using the sequencing their DNA. In the US, the new approach helped develop living bacterial sensors for the possible discovery of disease. The BioRxiv or the 3-D-Fuge has already created a storm on a global scale as it can prove beneficial not only in the labs but also isolated locations. This simple tool can have an effective measure on the current innovations as the global issues are expected to be handled with more simple and plain solutions. This new development can help frugal science as there is no need to invest lump sum or use serious resources.

The earlier version of centrifuge made using paper by Bhamla and colleagues at Stanford University was named paperfuge and it was also a result of a toy built of string and a button. The 5,000 years-old whirligigs is the known to have inspired researchers. In the previous paperfuge version, the plastic tubes were used and it did create high quality. However, Bhamla and the Lambert High team and Pomerantz’s collaboration in 2017 helped them think for larger samples as the paperfuge is limited to a drop of samples. The 3-D-Fuge can hold around 100 times compared to paperfuge. The two types designed were one for field biology and the other for the high-school’s synthetic biology project. However, the drawback is that it can process only few samples subsequently.

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