iPhone Measures Drug Toxicity, and Speeds up Culture Growth
A company from Houston, Texas, n3D Biosciences, is harnessing both the computing power of the iPhone, as well as its powerful optical properties to, essentially, record and interpret the movement of cell cultures, when exposed to various drug toxic environments, thereby testing drug potency, or toxicity. By utilizing a device called a “Bio-Assembler” they utilize magnetic levitation to speed the process of cell movement, in a more realistic 3d environment than the 2D Petri dish. The iPhone takes time sequence photos, and the company’s program interprets the movement data. There is a much faster growth of cell (hrs versus weeks).
For a detailed explanation of the n3D system pictured below, go HERE.
(iPhone App and n3D system)
See also their website for more info. Overall, the company hopes to use the iPhone to “….to apply this breakthrough technology in the fields of toxicology screening, drug discovery, and regenerative medicine: and, specifically, to apply the technology for cancer and stem cell research…”. As we contend in other parts of this website, cancers days are numbered! Between fantastic devices like this as well as advances in microscopy, and radiology, cancer cells can be more accurately isolated, manipulated, and evaluated.
See the following short video that helps explain this exciting technology