Friday, 6 September 2013

Sequencing DNA with Surface Tension

 A new technique, known as molecular threading, now lets researchers grab onto a single gnarled strand of DNA in solution, draw it out into thin air, and neatly fix it to a substrate where it can be accessed.  Using Poly(methyl methacrylate) a thermoplastic hydrophobic material they can pull the DNA from a tiny drop like it is a string in your hand.  

Check it out here:

and the original article here: