A new way to PCR, helping to sequence DNA cheaper and faster
Polymerase Chain Reaction,, the bane of many a scientist’s life.
Heat, cool, heat a bit again, repeat ad-nauseum until your many samples are completed.
It’s the process by which DNA (genetic material copies are made to later sequence).
Victor Ugaz and his team at Texas A&M (Gig em Aggies!) Have developed a PCR machine that at production could cost as little as 10$ (US) to make. Oh yeah, and they only need 2AA batteries to operate!
This is huge news, as PCR machines, are, well, ridiculously expensive.
Just a quick trip to LabX will tell you that, if you need just three in a lab, well, you’re looking at, at least , from $1000, to $6,000 for a single unit, and well, multiply that by three, and you can see costs going nuts. Compare that to $30 for three!! Not to mention all the trays and other consumables you’ll have to go through to get through the whole reaction (let alone the cost of your sequencer, which, quite frankly, I don’t want to think about!
Needless to say, this innovation can bring prices down for much needed work to be done, both in forensics and in general laboratory sciences. Let’s hope this thing is fully produced at volume soon (I know it’ll save me money!)
Thanks New Scientist (and Digg)