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Volume 3, 2014

One of the showpieces of the BioNanoLab is the High Throughput Cell Analysis system. With a type of robotic line, researchers can perform several measurements in succession and simultaneously. They can, for example, determine whether newly created nanoparticles are toxic to humans or animals. The research is performed with cells. The cells are located in scores of little holes on so-called multi-well plates. The robotic arm transports the plates between the system’s various measuring instruments. The absorption, luminescence and the fluorescence of the cells can be measured in this way. In addition, there is a special imager that makes 3D images of the cells in different fluorescent colours. In between the measurements, the plates with cells are placed in a 37°C incubator in order to keep the cells alive.