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Entries for January 2011

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On The Cover/Top Stories Gene Machine Matthew Herper, 12.30.10, 05:20 PM EST  Forbes Magazine dated January 17, 2011 Page 6 of 6 There are plenty of uses beyond cancer treatment. Because Rothberg and his wife are both Ashkenazi Jews, they were advised to get 15 genetic tests (for such things as Tay-Sachs disease) before they had children. This, too, he says, represents a perfect...

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Retta Beery posted on January 09, 2011 Article Rating
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On The Cover/Top Stories Gene Machine Matthew Herper, 12.30.10, 05:20 PM EST  Forbes Magazine dated January 17, 2011 Page 5 of 6 Most existing DNA sequencers (including the 454 machine) do their reading by attaching light-producing molecules to DNA, taking pictures and analyzing the resulting image. This optical technology requires all sorts of complicated cameras and robotics, ...

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Retta Beery posted on January 09, 2011 Article Rating
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On The Cover/Top Stories Gene Machine Matthew Herper, 12.30.10, 05:20 PM EST  Forbes Magazine dated January 17, 2011 Page 4 of 6 Behind the swagger lies a serious mission. Rothberg's 14-year-old daughter, the oldest of his five kids, has a mild form of an inherited disease called tuberous sclerosis complex, a relatively rare disorder (50,000 or so Americans have it) that can cau...

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Retta Beery posted on January 09, 2011 Article Rating
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On The Cover/Top Stories Gene Machine Matthew Herper, 12.30.10, 05:20 PM EST  Forbes Magazine dated January 17, 2011 Page 3 of 6 '"We've gone faster than anybody thought we could," says Illumina Chief Jay Flatley. He says he'll continue to dominate the competition. Have we mentioned the ifs? Like all potentially disruptive innovations, gene sequencers could fizzle. Their succ...

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Retta Beery posted on January 08, 2011 Article Rating
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On The Cover/Top Stories Gene Machine Matthew Herper, 12.30.10, 05:20 PM EST  Forbes Magazine dated January 17, 2011 Page 2 of 6 Finding the errors that cause disease and distinguishing them from numerous harmless genetic variants is turning out to be an immense data-crunching challenge. But the technology to meet that challenge is also improving at an extraordinary rate. It too...

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Retta Beery posted on January 08, 2011
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On The Cover/Top Stories Gene Machine Matthew Herper, 12.30.10, 05:20 PM EST  Forbes Magazine dated January 17, 2011 Jonathan Rothberg's desktop decoder could kick off a revolution in medicine, food, energy, even consumer products--and ignite the next $100 billion technology market. Flash of life: Jonathan Rothberg holding one of the silicon wafers from which his DNA-decoding ...

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Retta Beery posted on January 08, 2011