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A team of researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada has developed a new DNA analysis system capable of performing up to 20 simultaneous tests. The system, dubbed the Domino, uses polymerase chain reaction technology to amplify and identify specific DNA sequences.
Like many point of care diagnostic technologies, the Domino consists of a bench top unit and a disposable microfluidic cartridge containing an array of twenty gel posts. Each of the posts acts as a separate interface to a single sample of blood allowing several genetic tests to be performed simultaneously. The Domino may be used to screen for specific diseases or to determine genetic resistance to particular medication.
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