Robotic Cleaning Technique Could Automate Neuroscience Research

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Graduate research assistant Ilya Kolb shows a well structure used to hold samples (center) and detergent/rinsing solution for cleaning pipettes between recording sessions. (Credit: John Toon, Georgia Tech)

Image shows a sample holder for cell cultures modified to include wells for detergent and rinse solutions. (Credit: John Toon, Georgia Tech)

Image shows the robotic equipment used to automate patch-clamping of cell cultures without the need to replace recording pipettes. (Credit: John Toon, Georgia Tech)

Georgia Tech associate professor Craig Forest (left) and graduate research assistant Ilya Kolb with the robotic patch-clamping equipment that can automate the process of recording without stopping to replace pipettes. (Credit: John Toon, Georgia Tech)

A scanning electron microscope image compares the tips of a new pipette (left) to that of a used pipette (center) and a pipette cleaned with the new process (right). (Credit: Ilya Kolb, Georgia Tech).

Video shows the patcherBot in operation at Georgia Tech.