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Racing to marry electronics with genetics

Biotechnology and high tech are merging in an increasingly hot race to develop a solid-state gene sensor, a device to rapidly sequence DNA by using a computer chip embedded with genetic material.

Aiming for markets created by the Human Genome Project and gene-based drugs, a growing number of companies are entering the field. One of the latest is Nanotronics, a five-month-old San Diego start-up that plans

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