Robotics and Automation in Molecular Genetics


Robotic platforms and automation can be applied to laboratory molecular biology protocols to achieve high‐throughput sample processing for DNA sequencing, genomics, proteomics and other biological applications.

Keywords: human genome project; automation; robotics; DNA sequencing

Figure 1.

Microchannel electrophoresis chip used for separation and detection of labeled deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing fragments. This 16‐channel chip was fabricated at Molecular Dynamics, Sunnyvale, CA, by Dr Stevan Jovanovich.


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Hawkins, Trevor, Elkin, Chris, and Pollard, Martin(Sep 2005) Robotics and Automation in Molecular Genetics. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005351]