Vancouver invention separates virus DNA from human DNA

Vancouver Sun article on UBC technology and spin-off

A team of Vancouver-based scientists have created a hand-held [hand-held!] device that will help doctors diagnose sick patients in a quick test that identifies the bugs patients are carrying by separating human DNA from virus DNA.

It’s not in the article, but the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research uses the high-speed, high-bandwidth CANARIE Network to transmit DNA sequencing of cancer cells – extremely high-volume data sets – to the International Cancer Genome Consortium, enabling Canadian participation in a world-class research endeavour on a disease that will affect almost half of all Canadians during their lifetime.

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