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For the Nosy Parker Who Has Everything - A Personal DNA Analyzer

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I'm not quite sure who the Spartan DX is aimed at, apart from a rich man determined to find out which one of his four farmhands is guilty of schtupping his daughter in the hay loft. And research labs, obviously.

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Up until now all DNA analyzers have been batched, mainframe machines, which mean that results can be both slow and costly, but the Spartan DX is the first non-mainframe version—kind of like the Apple II of the DNA world. The $15,000 machine can give the results of up to four samples in just half an hour—which won't give the naughty farmhand a chance to make it over the state line.

What caught my eye, though, is what comes free with it. If you do order one of these babies you get a free iPod nano.

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Thats not actually correct. This machine is just capable of analyzing DNA through real-time PCR or endpoint analysis. Both of these procedures are done on machines now that are smaller than a microwave. Granted, they are usually connected directly to a computer. The current machines are typically designed to run up to 96 samples at a time, so only being able to run 4 with the Spartan DX seems pretty useless.

For the money, this doesn't do too much. And the iPod offer is funny, but I would say that most scientific product companies push iPods as incentives to buy their crap.