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Southampton Wins BBSRC Funds for Optical Sequencing

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Scientists at the UK's University of Southampton will use £117,000 ($191,000) in funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to develop a novel optical single-strand DNA sequencing tool.

The university said that its Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) will work on the sequencing method, which will include the use of nanoscale structures to optically read single DNA strands. University researchers also will collaborate with Renishaw Diagnostics, which will provide materials and expertise.

"By optically 'reading' DNA directly, we hope to eliminate the complex biochemical processes currently used so that genomes can be sequenced much faster and more cheaply," ORC researcher Tracy Melvin said in a statement.

The grant was awarded through the BBSRC's Strategic Tools and Resources Development Fund.

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