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Electronics Production | July 15, 2008

Intel invests in biotech firm

Intel is now investing in the biotech firm Pacific Bioscience's DNA sequencing project.
Intel is leading a group of investors that together will invest $100 million in the biotech firm Pacific Bioscience which is running a DNA sequencing platform development.

The single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) DNA sequencing platform from Pacific Bioscience is expected to allow for the first time the observation of natural DNA synthesis by a DNA polymerase as it occurs.

Pacific Bioscience’s technology is based on the SMRT chip, which permits observation of individual fluorophores against a dense background of labelled nucleotides by maintaining a high signal-to-noise ratio, and phospholinked nucleotides. The company describes that through a "fast, accurate and processive" DNA Synthesis a completely natural DNA strand is produced.

The project will according to Pacific Bioscience turn out to provide a DNA sequencer by 2010 and by 2013 the sequencer would give the sequencing result after 15 minutes.

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