Danish research team invents revolutionary DNA chip for gene analysis  

2006.07.05
A team of research scientists from Odense University Hospital and the University of Southern Denmark has developed a DNA chip which can analyse the majority of human genes

A team of research scientists from Odense University Hospital and the University of Southern Denmark has developed a DNA chip which can analyse the majority of human genes. The chip is expected to revolutionise the opportunities for diagnosing and treating diseases.

Professor Torben A. Kruse, Department of Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Genetics at the University of Southern Denmark, who is a member of the team which developed the chip, comments: "We expect that the chip technology will enable us to make more precise diagnosis and targeted choice of treatment in the future. We will be able to understand more basic biological connections, and this knowledge can be used to develop new drugs for instance for the treatment of cancer and diabetes."

The DNA chip can simultaneously analyse some 29,000 genes. There are similar chips on the market, but they are commercial ones and so costly that it is not possible to investigate large groups of patients. "Many processes in the human body are not controlled by individual genes, but by an interplay between many genes. With the chip as an aid, it will be possible to determine patterns of activity of individual genes," says Torben A. Kruse.

The research results have just been published in the internationally reputed magazine Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. The news was reported by regional newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende.

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