Jeremy A. Kaplan
Tuesday, Oct 6th, 2009
Imagine a world where medicine is guaranteed not to cause adverse reactions because it’s designed for an individual’s DNA.
Imagine a diet tailored to the precise speed of a person’s metabolism. Using a little microelectronics, a little physics, and no small dose of biology, IBM has brought that futuristic world a little bit closer.
The DNA Transistor is a project from IBM Research that aims to advance personalized medicine, by making it simpler (and much cheaper) to read an individual’s unique DNA sequence — the special combination of proteins that makes you unlike anyone else.
The technology isn’t finished yet, but its potential is tantalizin enough that IBM wanted to share it with the world. And the company claims researchers are making progress.
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