STMicroelectronics launches DNA chip

Nov. 1, 2002 — STMicroelectronics said it unveiled a prototype MEMS-based silicon chip for DNA analysis.

The device performs DNA amplification in microscopic channels buried in the silicon and then identifies DNA fragments in the sample. The device reduces the time, cost and size of traditional tests, the company said.

The device is designed to detect genetically related diseases directly at the point of care. Other potential uses include drug discovery, livestock testing and water monitoring.

Carol Brown, a spokeswoman for the Geneva-based semiconductor maker, said no commercial launch has been set, but prototypes are available for evaluation by potential partners.


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