Microsystems Technology for the Separation of Foetal Cells from Maternal Blood

David Flynn, Marc Phillipe Yves Desmulliez, Resham Singh Dhariwal, Deirdre Kavanagh

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At present the successful diagnosis of fetal abnormalities relies on the analysis of fetal genetic material obtained through invasive procedures such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CYS). These procedures are expensive, time consuming and have the potential to cause harm to both the fetus and mother. A review of current diagnostic techniques in the field of prenatal care is presented. State of the art developments in fetal cell separation from maternal blood are discussed. A novel device concept that uses Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) manufacturing methods and magnetic field filtration is described.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008
Event2nd Electronics System-Integration Technology Conference - University of Greenwich, Greenwich, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sep 20084 Sep 2008
Conference number: 14295
https://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/conferencedetails/index.html?Conf_ID=14295 (Conference website)


Conference2nd Electronics System-Integration Technology Conference
Abbreviated titleESTC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherAdvanced Packaging, Emerging Technologies, Electronicsystemintegration for Healthcare, Manufacturing and Test Technologies, New Materials & Processes, Modelling, Simulation and Design, Optoelectronics, Technology and Reliability for Nano and Micro Structures, Power Electronics, Assembly of Alternative Energy Sources
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  • Microsystems
  • Microfludics
  • BioMEMS
  • Medical


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