Geneticists and physicists collaborate on a DNA dark matter detector

dark matter
Sparkling dna double helix of stars in night sky --- Image by © Ian Cuming/Ikon Images/Corbis

DNA may help out in the hunt for dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up 25 percent of the universe. A team of physicists and biologists—including George Church, a pioneer in personal genomics—have proposed a dark matter detector that uses hanging strands of custom-printed DNA to spot abnormal particles called WIMPs. If it works, the DNA-based detector would be smaller and cheaper than existing detectors, with a resolution 1000 times greater.  

View the original article here: DNA may help scientists find ‘dark matter,’ the glue that binds galaxies

Outbreak
Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
Infographic: What are mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and how do they work?

Infographic: What are mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and how do they work?

As of 1 December 2020, thirteen vaccines have reached the final stage of testing: where they are being given to ...
favicon

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend