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The properties and applications of single-molecule DNA sequencing

John F Thompson* and Patrice M Milos

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Helicos BioSciences Corporation, Building 200LL, One Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

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Genome Biology 2011, 12:217  doi:10.1186/gb-2011-12-2-217

Published: 24 February 2011


Single-molecule sequencing enables DNA or RNA to be sequenced directly from biological samples, making it well-suited for diagnostic and clinical applications. Here we review the properties and applications of this rapidly evolving and promising technology.