July 22, 2011 |
The race to decode a person's genome on the cheap got tighter this week. The sequencing company Ion Torrent announced this week in Nature that it used a $49,500 machine, based on computer chip technology, to unravel a full human genome - aptly, using the DNA of Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel. The same machine decoded the E. coli strains from a recent outbreak in Germany in a matter of hours, and is drawing praise for its novel approach to reading DNA. But in the goal to bring the price point down to $1,000 per genome, some caution not to get too excited - yet. Unlike some of its other competitors, the Ion Torrent machine uses semiconductor chip technology to read DNA - this Nature News article explains how DNA is washed across a $99 computer chip with more than a million tiny wells (the chips were $250 not too long ago)
February 13, 2000
The life of Henry T. Nicholas III ("Extreme Tech," by P.J. Huffstutter, Jan. 23) has all the makings of a Greek tragedy. Abandoned by an alcoholic father, overachieving to a point of near self-destruction--who knows what the Furies scream at his inner child? Bullying, browbeating, berating his subordinates (much like his father treated his mother), Nicholas certainly has had the sins of his father visited upon him. Sacrificing his family (his "reason for living") on the altar of ego, giving away millions to buy respect, throwing parties with rockers and porno stars to boost an image.
March 4, 2006
Re "Justices Close Book on '80s Lawsuit Against Abortion Protesters," March 1 Yes, I can hear that noise in the background getting louder and louder. Listen, you can hear it too: chip, chip, chip, chip -- chipping away at every American woman's right to decide what to do with her own body. JEAN BENNETT Sun City, Calif.
May 8, 2008 |
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to sell computer chips with six processors built into one piece of silicon in its effort to wrest sales away from Intel Corp. The six-core "Istanbul" chip will come out in the second half of next year, followed by a 12-processor product, Advanced Micro said.
January 22, 1989
Why bother having Cynthia Parsons review former Secretary of Education William Bennett's "Back to Moral Basics" (Book Review, Dec. 25)? From the first to the last, her grousing reveals a consuming chip on her shoulder. Her readers receive hardly a glimpse of what the book is about, just how greatly Parsons disdains it and how quickly she dismisses it as so much conservative palavra. Parsons derides Bennett for using the first person often in these speeches delivered when he was the head of the Department of Education (how dare he!
October 21, 1985
Although demand is limited now, Intel expects its new 32-bit microprocessor to become its most important product after production starts in the company's Livermore, Calif., plant. Intel has spent $100 million to develop the new chip and its varied support systems.