A cell microinjection system is a widely used tool in the domain of cell biology and it allows us to deliver a specific amount of substance into a cell using a fine tipped needle (or a microinjection pipette) under the observation of a microscope. Cell microinjection systems are widely used for delivering drugs to a single cell for the treatment of diseases, like Cancer, Alzheimer, Sickle cell anemia and Cystic fibrosis etc, developing organs, like heart, lungs and kidney, and in-vitro fertilization (commonly known as test tube babies).
The cost of most commercially available microinjection systems is in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars, which makes their purchase and usage in developing countries like Pakistan very rare. This is one of the biggest reasons for the limited amount of research done in the areas of cell biology, Genetic engineering, transgenetics and cloning, in the developing nations. As a first step towards overcoming this limitation, We at NUMCIS have developed a Semi-automated micro manipulator injection system, which can be manipulated using controller viewed under the microscope to perform cell injections.
A cost-effective and locally developed,micro manipulator cell injection system can bring about a revolution in the health care sector not only in Pakistan but also in most developing nations around the world .
A virtual reality training simulator along with knob controllers for training of scientists and bio operators,to efficiently use the micro injection system. This training is expected to improve the overall performance in the cell injection process and thus would make the system a feasible option for the operator.
A semi-automatic system, Where the operatorof the system can view the procedure on his computer screen and perform the injection process via controllers. This system increases the reliability of the process and makes the whole procedure more comfortable and easier to perform.
With network access,remote users require only the controller and access to our website, allowing them to perform their experiments at central lab.Such an access would provide a very economical way of conducting state-of-the-art research for the molecular biology scientist of Pakistan.