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  1. #1 Has read article. What do you think about it? 
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    New microchip technology performs 1,000 chemical reactions at once

    Instead of handling a few experiments on a bench top, scientists may simply pop a microchip into a computer and instantly run thousands of chemical reactions, with results -- literally shrinking the lab down to the size of a thumbnail. Flasks, beakers and hot plates may soon be a thing of the past in chemistry labs.

    A team of UCLA chemists, biologists and engineers collaborated on the technology, which is based on microfluidics - the utilization of miniaturized devices to automatically handle and channel tiny amounts of liquids and chemicals invisible to the eye. The chemical reactions were performed using in situ click chemistry, a technique often used to identify potential drug molecules that bind tightly to protein enzymes to either activate or inhibit an effect in a cell, and were analyzed using mass spectrometry.
    Their study appears in the Aug. 21 edition of the journal Lab on a Chip .

    For more information http://www.physorg.com/chemistry-new...cal-chemistry/


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    I read somewhere that every time there is a new technology coming up, the sequence of events is: irrational over-confident hype, bitter disappointment, more realistic and integrated approach.

    I'm going to jump to the last step: let's *first* have these people show what they can do in practice, and prove that their technology *really* can replace bench chemistry, then we speak again.


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    It'd kind of take the fun out of chemistry, don't you think?
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