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New device may speed up DNA insertion into bacteria


February 19, 2016

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A new microfluidic device developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers may help scientists quickly hone in on the electric field "sweet spot" -- the range of electric potentials that will harmlessly and temporarily open up membrane pores to let DNA in. In principle, the simple device could be used on any microorganism or cell, significantly speeding up the first step in genetic engineering. Image by Nicolle FullerFull Story

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