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An article in MIT's Technology Review talks about ZS Genetics' approach to next-gen sequencing and how it could impact the field. As a "relative newcomer," says the article, ZS Genetics’ technology uses electron microscopy to image strands of DNA labeled with iodine and bromine. The company, which hopes to have a prototype this summer, is aiming for read lengths in the 1,000 base-pairs range.

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