It's not every day you see biologists get really excited about — of all things — sample prep. But if Andre Marziali has any say in it, you can expect that kind of enthusiasm to become downright commonplace.

Marziali is the brain behind SCODA, a nucleic acid separation technology that relies on special electrical fields to purify DNA or RNA out of even highly contaminated samples. The technology has just been exclusively licensed from Marziali's research home at the University of British Columbia to his startup, Boreal Genomics, for commercialization.

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