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World’s first DNA encoder for phone introduced



Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have developed the world’s first mobile genome sequencing analyzer, an iPhone app called iGenomics. By pairing an iPhone with a portable DNA sequencer, users create a mobile genetic laboratory. The iGenomics app runs entirely on an iOS device, reducing the need for laptops or large equipment in the field, which is beneficial for workers dealing with outbreaks in developing countries.

Reportedly The iGenomics algorithm quickly displays the DNA sequences of viral pathogens, identifying mutations that are important for the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases.

The authors of the study are Aspin Palatnik, who worked on iGenomics for 8 years, starting at the age of fourteen, and its scientific advisor Michael Schatz. Michael hopes the device will help both laboratory scientists and those fighting various outbreaks of disease in countries with underdeveloped medical infrastructures.
It is assumed that this device will be used by scientists in the field, for example, in isolated places in Africa or Latin America, where access to full-fledged medical equipment is difficult. DNA analysis data is sent via AirDrop, enabling DNA analysis in the most remote locations, even where there is no internet access.

It is assumed that in the future, when infected with any virus, parasites, bacteria, a person will use a similar sequencer to determine his disease and provide this information to his doctor as quickly as possible to select an adequate type of treatment.


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