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January 25th, 2006

Faster Method for Detecting Disease-Causing Mutations

Abstract:
University of Pittsburgh researcher Alexander Star and colleagues at a California-based company, Nanomix, Inc., have developed devices made of carbon nanotubes that can find mutations in genes causing hereditary diseases, they report in the Jan. 16 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. This method is less expensive and takes less time than conventional techniques.

(Ed.'s note: carbon nanotubes are not "rolled up" - models of CNT's appear as "rolled chicken wire" but no rolling went into making them. A nit-picking perhaps, but one that I see repeated by good journalists fairly often. The main point of the article showcases another encouraging development in nanoscale medicine.)

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