Microfluidics has proven to be a powerful tool for probing biology at the single-cell level. However, it is only in the past 5 years that single-cell microfluidics has been used in the field of virology. An array of strategies based on microwells, microvalves, and droplets is now available for tracking viral infection dynamics, identifying cell subpopulations with particular phenotypes, as well as high-throughput screening. The insights into the virus–host interactions gained at the single-cell level are unprecedented and usually inaccessible by population-based experiments.
Source: Bio Technology