Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

A Low-Cost, Two-Axis, Precision Robot for Automated Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization Assays

[+] Author Affiliations
M. J. Kulik, D. S. Shenoda, C. R. Forest

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Paper No. IMECE2009-13272, pp. 119-121; 3 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4375-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Genetics research often relies on experiments that require repetitive, time-consuming handling of small volumes of liquid (1 mL) and biomass (10–20 μL) such as fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH), β-galactosidase staining, immunohisto chemistry, skeletal and tunel assays. Often manual, these experiments are time intensive and error-prone. We report on the design, fabrication, and testing of a low-cost, two-axis, precision robot for FISH assays on whole mice embryos. The robot can complete 20 successive embryo immersions in unique isothermal solutions in minutes for 6 samples. Repeatability of the orthogonal axes is 66 and 214 μm, near the measurement uncertainty limit and sufficient for operation. Accuracy is achieved by systematic error compensation. Low-cost and precision are obtained using design and manufacturing techniques and processes, resulting in a cost of 15% of comparable instruments (e.g., InsituStain, Intavis Bioanalytical Instruments). This design demonstrates a simple, automated platform to perform a typically manual experimental genetics technique.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In