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Ultrafast, low-cost DNA sequencing technology a step closer to reality

A team of scientists from University’s and IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an in medicine.

[Ultrafast DNA Reader Prototype]
A tiny, DNA reading device was developed that is a thousands of times smaller than width of a single human hair. The device is sensitive enough to distinguish the individual chemical bases of DNA (known by their abbreviated letters of A, C, T or G) when they are pumped past the reading head.

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The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health’s , Roche, and published in the journal ACS Nano.

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