Molecular diagnostics by microelectronic microchips

Maurizio Ferrari, Laura Cremonesi, Pierangelo Bonini, Stefania Stenirri, Barbara Foglieni

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Molecular diagnostics is being revolutionized by the development of highly advanced technologies for DNA and RNA testing. One of the most important challenges is the integration of microelectronics to microchip-based nucleic acid technologies. The specific characteristics of these microsystems make the miniaturization and automation of any step of a molecular diagnostic procedure possible. This review describes the application of microelectronics to all the processes involved in a genetic test, particularly to sample preparation, DNA amplification and sequence variation detection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005


  • DNA
  • Microchip
  • Microelectronics
  • Miniaturization
  • Mutation detection
  • PCR
  • SNP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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