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Myriad Patents Technology to Speed Up DNA Sequencing

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Myriad Genetics of Salt Lake City has successfully patented a technology it says will speed up DNA sequencing and reduce its cost.

The technology allows for the sequencing of both strands of a DNA double helix in a single sequencing reaction and “permits Myriad to generate higher quality data at lower cost,” said Peter Meldrum, Myriad’s president and CEO.

Chief inventor Jamile Gupte said the method is especially useful when the comparison of both DNA strands could help confirm mutations. “The comparison can be done simultaneously, saving significant time and resources,” he said.

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