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


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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