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Destroys and Creates

A number of technologies "are destroying markets and creating new ones," writes Technology Review. On its list of five such disruptive technologies is DNA sequencing. "Yet as fast-and-dirty DNA reading has improved, the industry is being swept by changes. One of the most remarkable: many researchers don't even buy sequencing machines any longer," Tech Review says. "Instead, when they need DNA decoded, they ship it out to mail-order laboratories that return results in a few days."

Other technologies on the list are e-readers, IBM's Watson computer, digital closed-circuit television, and 3-D printing.