Its an amazing break through! This new chip automates the stages to extract DNA data within an hour. So far, it would require anything from three days up to a week to get DNA results. The chip was developed by Panasonic together with the Belgium-based research institution IMEC.
This is the chip we've actually developed. As you can see, it's less than half the size of a business card. It contains everything needed for testing DNA. Once a drop of blood is inserted, the chip completes the entire process, up to SNP detection.
This chip is so amazing that hosts even a tiny but powerful pump, able to deiver pressure up to 30MPa!!!
To implement this system on one chip, and make detection easy, the first thing we focused on was the actuators. This system requires a very small, powerful pump. In our case, we used a conductive polymer for the actuators. A feature of these actuators is they're powerful, yet extremely compact. They can exert a pressure of up to 30MPa