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Jonathan Rothberg, the founder of Ion Torrent, wants to do for DNA sequencing what Steve Jobs did for the personal computer — take it to the people, says the New York Times' Andrew Pollack. Last month, Life Technologies, which purchased Ion Torrent, started selling the Personal Genome Machine. While it's not intended for general use yet, Pollack says it could help spread DNA sequencing to the clinic.

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