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Improving DNA sequencing: Sponge-like biosensor crams enormous power into tiny space

May 27, 2011

Vanderbilt University engineers have created a “spongy” silicon biosensor that shows promise not only for medical diagnostics, but also for the detection of dangerous toxins and other tiny molecules in the environment. This innovation was originally designed to detect the presence of particular DNA sequences, which can be extremely helpful in identifying whether or not a person is predisposed to heart disease or certain kinds of cancer. The new sensor is described in the Optical Society’s open access journal, Optics Express.

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