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Microchip media frenzy

The new MIT microchip for releasing chemicals on demand has generated a storm of top news coverage.

Over the last week, the News Office has received some 60 calls about the chip from media including the New York Times and the largest newspaper in Greece (Elef-therotypia). ABC News was especially intrigued, airing separate stories on three different programs: the January 27 national nightly news with Peter Jennings, the January 27 local nightly news (WCVB-TV Channel 5, ABC's Boston affiliate) and Good Morning America the next day.

"The microchip is unique. There are potentially lots of uses in consumer products and drug-delivery systems," Professor Mark Saltzman of Cornell University told the Christian Science Monitor.

The microchip was introduced to the world via an article by its inventors in last week's issue of the journal Nature.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on February 3, 1999.

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