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ME/CFS and related chronic complex diseases

Magnetic Levitation Platform

TECHNOLOGY VALUE

This could be a very inexpensive and effective diagnostic test for ME/CFS.

LEAD INVESTIGATORS
  • Gozde Durmus, PhD

  • Ronald W. Davis, PhD

UPDATES AND POTENTIAL
 

TECHNOLOGY DESCRIPTION

The magnetic levitation of cells enables the separation of cell type.

In this system, a whole blood sample is suspended in a paramagnetic medium and introduced into the magnetic levitation platform, where cells are levitated and sorted by their density. The position of the cells is imaged by a camera from a smartphone.

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

Preliminary work has shown that some cells from the blood of ME/CFS patients behave differently than controls and when followed over time.

Sample video of the magnetic levitation device, showing that the behavior of single cells can be visualized in real-time. Real-time monitoring of breast cancer cells treated with 100 mM HCl in the densitometry platform. Fluorescent and bright-field microscopy images were taken every 20 s and merged together. Green fluorescence indicates live and red fluorescence indicates dead cells. Credit: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1509250112

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