Northwestern Researchers Use Gold to Make DNA Chips Simpler and Cheaper | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK, Sept 7 - The road to a better DNA chip is paved with gold, Northwestern University researchers report in the September 8 issue of Science .

Unlike current chip technologies, the gold nanoprobe does not require PCR amplification or fluorescence for DNA detection, so it will be simple, cheap, and sensitive enough to be used in a doctor’s office to diagnose disease, developer Chad Mirkin said.

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