Flow-Through Integrated Circuits

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Science  18 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5593, pp. 491
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5593.491c

In an electronic integrated circuit, all of the necessary components are fabricated onto a single semiconductor, which eliminates the need for manual assembly of the individual transistors, capacitors, and resistors. Thorsen et al. (p. 580; see the cover) have now fabricated an analog in a microfluidics system with a set of individually addressable microvalves. Such a system can act as a fluidic random-access memory and can also be used as a series of microreactors in which each reactor can be individually controlled.

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