Prototype Automated DNA Gene Sequencer

Made:
1987 in Foster City
maker:
Applied Biosystems Inc.

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Applied Biosystems 370A Prototype Automated DNA Gene Sequencer, by Applied Biosystems Inc., Foster City, San Mateo county, California, United States, 1987

Determining the sequence of bases in a small length of DNA was achieved in the 1970s. This machine, developed in 1987, automates the time-consuming process. The sequence is read by a laser and appears on screen or on a print out. The machine uses the Sanger method, named after Frederick Sanger (b. 1918), a British biochemist who first determined a process for DNA sequencing. This work won him his second Nobel Prize, in 1980.

Details

Category:
Biotechnology
Object Number:
1989-1242
Materials:
aluminium alloy, copper (alloy), electrical components, glass, plastic (unidentified), steel (metal)
type:
dna gene sequencer
credit:
Applied Biosystems Inc.
status:
Permanent collection

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