17 Mar State's medical research could bring tens of millions
Scientists create project proposals, equipment wish lists
Dara Frank’s experiments with bacteria at the Medical College of Wisconsin require isolating 20,000 cells – by hand.
The tedious task takes about 160 hours and typically is done by scientists and students in her lab over two months. A robot that costs about $280,000 can do it in two days.
Frank, who has a doctorate in microbiology and immunology, hopes that the $10 billion for medical research included in the economic recovery act will enable the Medical College to buy one of the machines.
“If we get this machine,” she said, “clearly it will help us.”
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