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Semiconductors Inspire New Sequencing Technologies

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Science  05 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5970, pp. 1190
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5970.1190

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In a packed house at the final Saturday session of the annual Advances in Genome Biology and Technology meeting, revolutionary new DNA-sequencing technologies using silicon wafers and quantum dots were presented. Although neither approach is yet able to fulfill the dream of the $1000 human genome, these newcomers have the potential to change the face of DNA sequencing and expand the ability of researchers, and eventually clinicians, to incorporate DNA into their work.