7 January 2001
A medical school drop-out will unveil next month an invention which could
revolutionise the mapping of the human genome and lead far more quickly to
potential cures for cancer, diabetes and other diseases. [...]
The project has been shrouded in secrecy and kept quiet from rivals. Mr
Densham has been concerned about attempts to obtain his patents and,
according to sources, has had disputes in the past, but now he is ready to
go public with his invention.
He has created a "biochip", part cell and part microchip, by harnessing
"quantum physics with biology". The chip, Mr Densham will proclaim at its
launch next month, can read genetic codes in a fraction of the time of
current mapping methods.
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