A Different Way To Test For HIV Or Allergens, University of Florida Study

A new way to identify potential medicines or test for infections turns the old technology inside out.

The microwell plate is a mainstay of modern labs. About the size of a small tablet, these plastic trays hold a grid of tiny cups where chemicals can be mixed and analyzed. By varying the contents of each well, scientists can quickly and efficiently screen prospective drug molecules to see which is most effective or test samples from hundreds of people for infection at once.

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