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Company announces low-cost DNA machine

2012-01-11 10:28

New York - A biotechnology company says it has developed a machine that will decode a person's DNA in a day for $1 000.

That price has long been cited as a key step toward making a person's genome useful for medical care.

Life Technologies Corp said on Tuesday it was taking orders for the technology, which it expects to deliver in about a year. The company says three major research institutions had already signed up for the $149 000 machine.

Technically speaking, the machine is a sequencer. That means it can identify the sequence of the three billion chemical building blocks that make up a person's DNA.