A new DNA diagnostics machine has launched over on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website this week called the Open qPCR, which has been designed dot provide everyone with an affordable open source solution for biohacking.
The Open qPCR is a real-time PCR Thermocycler and more can be learnt about the new innovative DNA diagnostics hardware in the video below. created by Chai Biotechnologies.
The Open qPCR project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise $50,00 pledges to make the jump from concept to production and is already over half way there with still 29 days remaining on the campaign. Chai Biotechnologies explains :
“Our reason for starting this project is simple: we want to make this essential technology available to everyone, including doctors in developing countries, students in high school and university labs, companies in the food supply chain, and biohackers who are developing some of the most innovative synthetic biology applications.
Turning DNA into data just became affordable, and biohacking will never be the same. Meet our open source Real-Time PCR Thermocycler. Real-Time PCR is a powerful technology. It can detect foodborne contaminants like E. Coli and Listeria, as well identify fraudulently labeled food products. It’s used to diagnose infections such as HIV and Malaria, as well as identify genetic mutations that increase our likelihood of cancers, such as those within BRCA1.
Over the past two years, we’ve designed and prototyped an open-source instrument that can perform the above mentioned tests, but costs less than a tenth the cost of other commercially available systems. Now, we’re ready to share it with the world and see what others can do with it.”
So if you think the Open qPCR open source DNA diagnostics machine is something you or your business could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now via the link below to make a pledge and help Open qPCR become a reality.