Generous Donation Funds New Cell Sorter at Binghamton University

Published 05/05 2014 05:57PM

Updated 05/05 2014 06:30PM

Binghamton University has a new state of the art piece of lab equipment thanks to a generous donation.

The Decker Foundation's donation of almost $334,000 paid for a Flourescence-activated cell sorter. It is a machine that's typically used to count and sort larger, cancer-like cells.

B.U. special ordered its machine so that it can count and sort smaller bacterial cells.

The focus of the research conducted at the facility is biofilms, which are communities of bacteria in a self produced slime. These biofilms pose a major threat to healthcare because of their resistance to antibiotics.

Microbiologist Karin Sauer hopes that the new equipment will be able help researchers at local hospitals as well as at the University, bringing the two communities together.

"It's a big deal, so yea, a lot of the bigger Universities have sorters like this one, but the closest one to us is about 200 miles away, so it is a big deal that we have one here now," said Sauer.

The Decker Foundation is one of the University's largest donors, with gifts now totaling almost $7.3 million.

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