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The Future of DNA Sequencing


DNA strand

Researchers have an insatiable appetite for DNA-sequence data.

Credit: Alfred Pasieka/SPL

Forty years ago, two papers1, 2 described the first tractable methods for determining the order of the chemical bases in stretches of DNA. Before these 1977 publications, molecular biologists had been able to sequence only snippets.

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