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University of Ottawa researchers have developed an electrical method for fabricating solid-state nanopores based on a phenomenon called dielectric breakdown — an approach that they are touting as fast, affordable, and easily applicable within the context of existing solid-state detection systems.

"What we feel about this method is that it's going to democratize the field," the University of Ottawa's Vincent Tabard-Cossa told In Sequence.

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Nature News reports that recent proposed changes to the US National Science Foundation have raised concerns about a shift away from the agency's focus on basic research.

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