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Date:7/9/2014

ing 20 liver patients in the United Kingdom.

Sensors measure vitality of cells

The sensor technology for monitoring the liver cells was developed at the IBMT by physicist Dr. Thomas Velten: "Our sensors continuously measure the vitality of the cells in a bioreactor and they do so by analyzing the cells directly. This is an important new tool to complement conventional biochemical analyses." Thanks to built-in sensors, operators do not have to open the bioreactor for every measurement, eliminating the danger of the cells becoming contaminated in this way. Impedance spectroscopy plays an important role in the methodology. Impedance is the technical term for resistance to alternating electric current. When cells deteriorate, their impedance spectrum changes. So far, scientists have been able to prove this effect in smaller laboratory reactors. At the end of this year, the researchers want to confirm those results using bigger bioreactors that are equivalent to a human liver in terms of their volume. "Online measurement of cell vitality is an important part of our IT-based system to support liver treatment," concludes Velten.


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Contact: Stephan Kiefer
Stephan.Kiefer@ibmt.fraunhofer.de
49-689-498-0156
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
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