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CD Microfluidic Device for Capture and Isolation of Cancer Stem Cells


Background Cancer stem cells (CSC) are known to be the main culprits in the promotion and formation of tumors throughout an individual’s body. Though they compose approximately 3% of cancer cells, their ability to differentiate into various cell types, self-renewal and divide indefinitely prevents the successful elimination of cancer. This devices aims to help researchers track CSC’s in the body in order to successfully remove cancer. More research can also be done to study CSC’s specially to understand them better and come up with treatments to destroy them.  Lydia Ameri, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering Gema Vera, Biomedical Engineering Faculty Advisors: Dr. William Tang, Biomedical Engineering Department & Dr. Lawrence Kulinsky, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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