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UVA Researchers, Tech Company Create Portable DNA Testing Device

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Science fiction is quickly becoming science "fact," thanks to some groundbreaking new technology at the University of Virginia.

After more than a decade of research and development, Professor James Landers and his team have partnered with Lockheed Martin to create a portable DNA testing device. The device will make it easier and faster to perform forensic DNA testing for law enforcement.

But Landers says the future holds much more.

"We'll take it back into clinical diagnostics; Can we have rapid, on-site detection of infectious agents? Can we detect cancer mutations rapidly so you start treatment quicker? Those types of applications," said Landers.  

The device is in limited release for trial testing right now.

Landers says this project is a prime example of how departments can collaborate at the University of Virginia.

To learn about Landers and his research, click here.

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