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Disposable vs. Reusable in Biology

Gajus Worthington, Fluidigm

There are no plans at this time to make the rubber chips reusable, says Worthington. Because the chips are so cheap to produce, Fluidigm would have to charge an enormous amount for them in order to make a viable business model where the customers are reusing the product, he adds. There is also the practical consideration of using pristine materials in experiments to ensure against contamination, he notes.