New Age DNA Sequencing

DNA sequencing is an extremely important tool in the fields of Genetics and Molecular BiologyThis article explains the complicated process quite well.

Reading DNA the nano way. DNA traveling through a protein pore can now be deciphered.

I actually used to work at a genetics lab and we used to be able to sequence about 70,000 base pairs of DNA in about 8 hours using big machines. It was pretty fast! But that was over 10 years ago …

DNA sequencing technology has been improving by leaps and bounds in recent years, with several techniques vying for supremacy. Now an upstart technology, called nanopore sequencing, looks ready to jump to the front of the pack. Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that they can continuously read the chemical letters of DNA as it travels through a tiny pore, paving the way for a new kind of sequencing machine that decodes DNA much like an announcer reading a ticker tape. The advance might drop the cost of sequencing a complete human genome below $1000, which is expected to revolutionize personalized medicine and help usher in a new era of genetic-based diagnostics and medicines. Learn more here.

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