PlasmoTron: an open-source platform for automated culture of malaria parasites [article]

Theo Sanderson, Julian C. Rayner
2017 bioRxiv   pre-print
We have created a system which allows an inexpensive open- source liquid-handling robot to automate major aspects of malaria parasite culture. Parasites are cultured in multi-well microplates, with details on culture identity and parasitaemia recorded in a database. Information in the database is used to generate commands for the robot which result in the feeding, monitoring and passaging of parasite cultures. We show that the system is capable of raising cultures after transfection, and then
more » ... fection, and then maintaining them at desired parasitaemias. The PlasmoTron software is available at
doi:10.1101/241596 fatcat:4pfl5rxacngv7illehoay7s6qy