What's the Problem?
Extraction and purification of DNA/RNA is the first step in the analysis and implementation of new genome-based technologies to prevent and treat diseases, develop precision medicine, and improve agricultural-livestock productivity.
But, as DNA sequencing is advancing, the extraction stage is lagging.
While sampling is a field task, genetic material can only be obtained in the lab. Today’s methods are electricity-dependent, require trained staff, biosecurity booths, and expensive reagents that reinforce the centralization of these practices.
Many samples are time sensitive, highlighting the need to implement portable and safe alternatives that allow in-field extraction.