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Integrating Microfabrication into Biological Investigations: the Benefits of Interdisciplinarity

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Mechanobiology Institute (MBI), National University of Singapore, Singapore 117411, Singapore
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Biomedical Engineering Department, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117583, Singapore
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Department of Physiology, School of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 8330025, Chile
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Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering, Schools of Engineering, Medicine and Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago 7820436, Chile
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Micromachines 2019, 10(4), 252; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi10040252
Received: 25 March 2019 / Revised: 8 April 2019 / Accepted: 13 April 2019 / Published: 16 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microfluidics for Cell and Other Organisms)
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Abstract

The advent of micro and nanotechnologies, such as microfabrication, have impacted scientific research and contributed to meaningful real-world applications, to a degree seen during historic technological revolutions. Some key areas benefitting from the invention and advancement of microfabrication platforms are those of biological and biomedical sciences. Modern therapeutic approaches, involving point-of-care, precision or personalized medicine, are transitioning from the experimental phase to becoming the standard of care. At the same time, biological research benefits from the contribution of microfluidics at every level from single cell to tissue engineering and organoids studies. The aim of this commentary is to describe, through proven examples, the interdisciplinary process used to develop novel biological technologies and to emphasize the role of technical knowledge in empowering researchers who are specialized in a niche area to look beyond and innovate. View Full-Text
Keywords: microscopy; microfluidics; microfabrication; biomedical engineering microscopy; microfluidics; microfabrication; biomedical engineering
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