The Genedrive fits the drive bay of Apple's G4s and has been developed for DNA and RNA identification. DNA samples can be contained, amplified and detected within a credit card size device – a single-use DNA smartcard.
Molecular Sensing claims Genedrive will prepare an amplified DNA sample in 8-15 minutes. Genedrive has been developed as a tool for healthcare professionals and geneticists.
Traditionally, DNA and RNA testing has relied on fluorescent dyes and so-called wet chemistry. Because Molecular Sensing's solution depends on micro-electronics, the procedure is a much faster.
The technology was developed by Dr Ben Cobb, the CEO and founder of Molecular Sensing.
Apple recently launched a Web site devoted to the use of Macs in scientific and research establishments.