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Customized oligonucleotide microchips that convert multiple genetic information to simple patterns, are portable and reusable

United States Patent

October 1, 2002
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This invention relates to using customized oligonucleotide microchips as biosensors for the detection and identification of nucleic acids specific for different genes, organisms and/or individuals in the environment, in food and in biological samples. The microchips are designed to convert multiple bits of genetic information into simpler patterns of signals that are interpreted as a unit. Because of an improved method of hybridizing oligonucleotides from samples to microchips, microchips are reusable and transportable. For field study, portable laser or bar code scanners are suitable.
Mirzabekov; Andrei (Darien, IL), Guschin; Dmitry Y. (Rockville, MD), Chik; Valentine (Woodridge, IL), Drobyshev; Aleksei (Elektrosol, RU), Fotin; Alexander (Cambridge, MA), Yershov; Gennadiy (Hinsdale, IL), Lysov; Yuri (Hinsdale, IL)
University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
09/ 261,115
March 3, 1999
The U.S. Government has rights to the invention pursuant to Contract W-31-109-ENG between the U.S. Department of Energy and the University of Chicago representing (Argonne National Laboratory).