Boston University's Catherine Klapperich has designed an electricity-free device that purifies DNA — all it takes to run is a bicycle pump. According to MIT's Technology Review, the device, called SNAP, "extracts genetic material from blood and other bodily fluids by pumping fluid through a polymer-lined straw designed to trap DNA." That straw, then, can be sent to a lab for testing. Indeed, Jose Gomez-Marquez from MIT's Innovations in International Health Initiative is working with Klapperich to refine the prototype for use in Nicaragua.
Taking DNA on the Road
Jul 13, 2009