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Richard Mathies' work is profiled in Technology Review, which covers the portable DNA analyzer developed by Mathies and his team at UC Berkeley. The platform carries out real-time STR analysis of DNA at a crime scene, for instance, in as little as 2.5 hours. Mathies told Tech Review, "While previous groups have developed lab-on-a-chip systems, none of them have succeeded in making a completely portable, robust system that can be used at a scene."

 

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