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12:00 AM
Oct 16, 2006
 |  BioCentury  |  Tools & Techniques

Walking the straight and nano

BioNanomatrix LLC has tapped into advances in materials science to develop a nanochannel chip-based imaging platform that provides visualization of large DNA fragments with resolution at the single-molecule scale. While it isn't the only company with a nanoscale approach to imaging, BioNanomatrix says its nanochannel fabrication processes are inexpensive compared to other single-molecule imaging platforms, as well as other methodologies for visualizing DNA fragments.

The platform enables simple optical imaging by arranging vast amounts of genetic data in a linear fashion by funneling it through nanochannels, a chip-based method that provides resolution to a single-molecule scale without removing the image from its genomic context.

The technology is the result of research performed at Princeton University with funding from the U.S. Department of...

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