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A New Small and Fast DNA Analyzer

27 Nov

One question I’m often asked is how long it takes to get a DNA result back from the lab. Currently it can be a few hours though a day or two, at best, is more realistic for most labs. But now it looks like NEC is working on a new suit-case-sized DNA analyzer that uses microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” technology and can do the job in about an hour. Their goal is to lower that to around 25 minutes.

This microfluidic technology has many medical and research uses and a couple of the gadgets are roaming around Mars on the rover. This new DNA technology bears watching.

Curiosity Rover

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3 Comments

Posted by on November 27, 2012 in DNA, High Tech Forensics, Medical Issues

 

3 responses to “A New Small and Fast DNA Analyzer

  1. Pat Marinelli

    November 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    This will help us short story writers who need lab reports ASAP.

     
  2. Brenda

    November 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks for keeping us up on everything.

     
    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      November 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      I try. And I found this to be interesting and I thought my readers would also.

       

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