Mechanical engineer Reg Beer (right) and electronics engineer Gary Johnson test a new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) instrument developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that can process biological samples in less than three minutes.
Credit Jacqueline McBride/LLNL
A researcher loads a sample into Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's new fast polymerase chain reaction (PCR) instrument.
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