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June 14, 2011 /  Nivea

Sponge-Like Biosensor

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 a person’s predisposition to heart disease or cancer.

via Improving DNA Sequencing: Sponge-Like Biosensor Crams Enormous Power Into Tiny Space

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