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Disease Research

Disease is a condition that occurs when something malfunctions and impairs the normal operation of an organism. In systems terms, disease represents a disruption of one or more parts of a biological system, which in turn disrupts the interactions among parts of the system, which in turn disrupts one or more functions.

The efforts of many life science researchers are focused on understanding the underlying cause and progression of diseases. Historically, biologists studied diseases by analyzing individual components of an organism (e.g., genes, proteins, pathways, cells, etc.). More recently, researchers have been studying organisms as whole systems.

All biological organisms display systems properties, properties that arise from many parts interacting as a whole rather than from any single part, so researchers are studying organisms as whole systems in an effort to understand the biology of disease conditions more completely.

Some key focus areas for disease research include inflammation, immune function, neuroscience, and cancer. Molecular Devices supports research in these areas by providing disease research equipment, instruments, software, and critical bioanalytical and detection technologies that enable the study of whole systems as well as individual system components. Please select one or more of the links below to learn more.


GenePix® Microarray Scanners & Slide Loaders

SpectraMax® Microplate Readers, Washers, & Handlers

MetaMorph® Research Imaging Software

ImageXpress® High Content Screening Systems

CellKey® Label-free Cellular Analysis System

Axon™ Conventional Electrophysiology Equipment

IonWorks® Automated Patch Clamp Systems