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Smart microfluidic devices to enable microscopic and genetic tracking of individual cancer cells

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Project aim and strategy

A major determinant of heterogeneity in tumours is the constantly changing mutational landscape of individual cancer cells due to the accumulation of new mutations. One of the challenges in the field is to determine the rate and extent of genetic alterations per cell cycle of individual cancer cells.

With the joint effort of the UMCU (biology) and UT (engineering), we will develop microfluidic tools and protocols to integrate prospective single-cell genetic analysis with live-cell microscopy to determine the rate and extent of genetic alterations per cell cycle of individual cancer cells.

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Highlights

  • How to create state-of-the-art genetic model systems: strategies for optimal CRISPR-mediated genome editing. Bollen Y, Post J, Koo BK, Snippert HJG. Nucleic Acids Res. 2018 Jul 27;46(13):6435-6454. DOI: 10.1093/nar/gky571