Monday, October 5, 2009

IBM trying Genomics

I.B.M. is trying genomics. CEO Sam Palmisano will outline their approach in a health care talk at the Cleveland Clinic tomorrow. Quoting

"The I.B.M. approach is based on what the company describes as a “DNA transistor,” which it hopes will be capable of reading individual nucleotides in a single strand of DNA as it is pulled through an atomic-size hole known as a nanopore. A complete system would consist of two fluid reservoirs separated by a silicon membrane containing an array of up to a million nanopores, making it possible to sequence vast quantities of DNA at once."

More on nanopores here.

(image credit: IBM simulation of the "DNA transistor", J. Michael Loughran, via