"Lab on a Chip" detects subclinical disease

close-up of Suresh Neethirajan holding the lab on a chip

A new system for effectively and efficiently sampling and analyzing blood from livestock has been developed by engineering professor Suresh Neethirajan.  Known as Lab on a Chip, the tiny, field-deployable system is directed at testing specifically for subclinical ketosis.  This condition puts cows at risk of ketosis, a disease that reduces fertility and milk production.  The system was developed in the University’s BioNano Laboatory where Neethirajan is the principal investigator.  Lab on a Chip will be site-tested in 2015 at the Livestock Research and Innovation Centre – Elora Dairy Facility.