Disruptive #7: FISSEQ – Fluorescent In Situ Sequencing

Written on October 7th, 2016


Until recently, to analyze many mRNAs simultaneously, scientists had to grind cells to a pulp, which left them unable to pinpoint those mRNAs within the cell. Developed by a team at the Wyss and Harvard Medical School, FISSEQ allows scientists to pinpoint thousands of mRNAs and other types of RNAs at once in intact cells, and stands to revolutionize clinical diagnostics and drug discovery.

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Disruptive #7 Transcript


Written on April 29th, 2016

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