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1. (WO1999014595) DEVICE FOR RECEIVING AND PROCESSING A SAMPLE

Pub. No.:    WO/1999/014595    International Application No.:    PCT/US1998/019418
Publication Date: Mar 25, 1999 International Filing Date: Sep 17, 1998
IPC: G01N 1/00
G01N 33/49
Applicants: ACCUMETRICS, INC.
Inventors: WARDEN, Laurence
KAPLAN, David, E.
Title: DEVICE FOR RECEIVING AND PROCESSING A SAMPLE
Abstract:
The present invention concerns devices for receiving and processing a sample. The device comprises a sample receiving element adapted to establish fluid communication with and receive a sample directly from a sample container. The sample receiving element also allows for introduction of a sample into the device. A first chamber is in fluid communication with the sample receiving element. One or more second chambers are in fluid communication with the first chamber. The device also comprises first and second ports. The first port provides for venting the device. The second port provides for establishing communication between the device and means for moving the sample from the sample receiving element to the first chamber and for moving the sample from the first chamber to the one or more second chambers. Also included as part of the device is means for controlling the precise amount of the sample introduced into each of the second chambers. The first chamber and/or one or more of the second chambers are adapted for processing the sample. Also diclosed are kits containing the above devices and methods of using the devices to process a sample.