'Baby Blue' - a prototype polymerase chain reaction (PCR), c 1986.

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'Baby Blue' - a prototype polymerase chain reaction (PCR), c 1986.

This machine automates the process of making large quantities of DNA from a tiny starting sample. Automation is central to huge research enterprises such as the Human Genome Project, which sequenced the 35,000 genes in human cells.

Image number:
10287482
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:40
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Science Museum