Robot Culture Machine Efficiently Grows Biological Cells Without Human Intervention | Popular Science: One robot is designed to move around the first-generation cell cultures, called multititer plates, among various spots. Then an automated microscope checks the cells to assess their growth, adjusting the light and focus as needed, and the images are fed into a computer system. Special software determines how many cell colonies are present on the plates, and if there are enough, another robot is tasked with picking them up. Using a hollow needle, it chooses cells measuring between 100 and 200 micrometers and transfers them to a new container for continued growth.
The system can produce about 500 cell cultures a month, according to a news release from Fraunhofer.