Nagpal
Nagpal

University of Colorado researchers are developing new techniques for faster and more cost-effective single-molecule DNA sequencing which may have dramatic impacts on genetic screening, and enable advances in early cancer detection, vaccine development and organ transplants.

The new techniques, one based in nanoscale quantum electronics and the other in optics, might one day make it possible for a person to sequence their genome in less than two minutes using simple equipment, according to a university news release.

"We are exploring unique methods of providing accurate, useful genetic information faster and cheaper," said Prashant Nagpal, an assistant professor in CU Boulder's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

The advances in quantum-based a sequencing have recently been chronicled in both ACS Nano and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.



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