Speaking at BioArrays Europe (Cambridge, UK, 30 Sept-1 Oct), Dr Tony Smith, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Solexa, presented data on the progress of the Company`s proprietary Single Molecule Array™ technology for human genetic variation applications, highlighting significant progress in the massively parallel detection of single molecules using fluorescence.
Solexa’s Single Molecule Array technology is being applied to the measurement of individual genetic variation to develop a method for complete personal genome sequencing called TotalGenotyping™. The Company’s technical approach combines proprietary advances in synthetic chemistry, surface chemistry, molecular biology, enzymology, array technology, optics, and informatics. The aim is to offer a potential five order of magnitude efficiency improvement, well beyond the range possible from existing technologies.
Commenting on their progress Dr Tony Smith said: “The progress we have made in the massively parallel detection of single molecules using fluorescence is a fundamental step forward in applying our Single Molecule Array technology towards a full working prototype. These discoveries take the company one step further towards its ultimate goal of ‘the thousand dollar genome’.”
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