We enter the world of forensics for the outside front cover for this most recent issue of Analyst. Frederic Zenhausern and colleagues from the University of Arizona, USA, report on a prototype of a PCR on a plastic mircofluidic device.
Optimization of multiplexed PCR on an integrated microfluidic forensic platform for rapid DNA analysis
Matthew D. Estes, Jianing Yang, Brett Duane, Stan Smith, Carla Brooks, Alan Nordquist and Frederic Zenhausern
Analyst, 2012, 137, 5510-5519
From Homanaz Ghafari and Quentin S. Hanley at Nottingham Trent University, UK, comes our inside front cover. This paper reports on optically sectioned planar format assays detected using quantum dot (QD) reporters arrayed along the optical z-axis on mica or glass substrates to form volume encoded arrays.
Analysis of layered assays and volume microarrays in stratified media
Homanaz Ghafari and Quentin S. Hanley
Analyst, 2012, 137, 5520-5526
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