2006-01-28

DNA nanotechnology

Nanomix, Inc. have developed nanotubes that detect genetic mutations in DNA. Pitt researchers created carbon nanotubes that detected a mutation in the gene that causes hereditary hemochromatosis, a disease in which too much iron accumulates in body tissues.

"The applications of our method for detection of other, more serious genetic diseases can be seen," said Alexander Star.

The method is faster, cheaper, more portable and produces better results than traditional optics.

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