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Academic Innovations
September 15, 2004

Nanotech Group's "Bio-Barcode" Test a Promising Diagnostic, Research Tool

JAMA. 2004;292(11):1291-1293. doi:10.1001/jama.292.11.1291

When Chad Mirkin, PhD, envisions nanotechnology's future, he scoffs at the notion that it will create such sci-fi wonders as microscopic robots. But he wholeheartedly believes it will have a dramatic impact on the practice of medicine.

Sitting back in his spacious office in shorts and a casual shirt, Mirkin, who heads up Northwestern University's Institute for Nanotechnology, in Evanston, Ill, recently talked with JAMA about an innovative nanotech detection tool for diagnostic tests and clinical research that he and colleagues have developed, the bio-barcode assay.