Scientists develop cheaper and faster DNA testing method

August 10, 2019 |

In Lithuania, after 2.5 years of research, a new method reduces DNA testing costs by 90%. Scientists from the Vilnius University Life Sciences Centre (VU LSC) and the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (CPST) have jointly-developed an alternative approach, called the Fixed DNA Molecule Array method which makes DNA testing more cost-effective and simpler, according to a press release sent to The Digest. This could prove valuable for those who sequence algae or other feedstocks’ DNA for biofuels.

At present, the sole method of genetic testing is the DNA curtain method, which captures images of the interactions between proteins and DNA at a single molecular level. The approach, however, has been described as “technically challenging and relatively unstable” due to the relationship between chromium barriers and fluid lipid bilayer membranes.

The solution developed in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, reduces costs and time due to its use of a blueprint that can be used repeatedly as opposed to just once. It is estimated by VU LSC and the CPST that this approach can reduce the cost of one DNA testing experiment by 90%.

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