A Gel Microdrop (GMD) is a small, agarose-based microsphere that
encapsulates an individual cell in a porous gel matrix.
By diffusing various reagents into the agarose matrix, one can
perform a variety of assays on large populations of GMDs simultaneously.
Cell phenotype and function can be examined on a cell-by-cell
basis by flow cytometry because each cell is individually
encapsulated. Viable cells can be sorted and recovered based on
the results of these assays. Please click
here for more information on FACS and GMDs.