Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

NHGRI Awards UC Irvine $2.2M for Nano-enhanced Sanger Sequencing

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - The University of California, Irvine, will use a $2.18 million award from the National Human Genome Research Institute to develop technology that blends Sanger sequencing with nanotechnology and would lower the price of sequencing a human genome to $1,000, the university said today.
 
The three-year grant to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering is part of NHGRI’s “Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies” program, which aims to accelerate the development of technologies that would make genomic sequencing a feasible tool for clinical medicine.
 
NHGRI in mid-September said it will dole out more than $20 million in fiscal 2008 for a number of near-term and longer-term projects that will help lower the cost of sequencing a human genome to below $100,000 and $1,000, respectively. 
 
The UC Irvine technology, developed by electrical engineering and computer science professor Kumar Wickramasinghe, is based on a DNA-separation method that uses an atomic force microscope.
 
The method involves mapping DNA using a light concentrated at a probe that is only around 50 atoms wide at its tip, which will require “substantially less time to sort, analyze and then map DNA” than conventional Sanger sequencing, UC Irvine said.
 
Robert Moyzis, bioinformatics coordinator at UC Irvine’s Institute for Genomics and Bioinformatics, will work with Wickramasinghe on the project.  

The Scan

US Booster Eligibility Decision

The US CDC director recommends that people at high risk of developing COVID-19 due to their jobs also be eligible for COVID-19 boosters, in addition to those 65 years old and older or with underlying medical conditions.

Arizona Bill Before Judge

The Arizona Daily Star reports that a judge weighing whether a new Arizona law restricting abortion due to genetic conditions is a ban or a restriction.

Additional Genes

Wales is rolling out new genetic testing service for cancer patients, according to BBC News.

Science Papers Examine State of Human Genomic Research, Single-Cell Protein Quantification

In Science this week: a number of editorials and policy reports discuss advances in human genomic research, and more.