The postdoc discovered that a new company called Ion Torrent is having a contest. The prizes are two of their new Personal Genome Machines.
The object of the Contest is 'to submit the best ideas for development of new applications for DNA sequencing'. We originally interpreted this as asking for the best research proposal using the machine (i.e. what we would do with the machine) but now I think it's asking for more general brilliant ideas for applications, not necessarily a project to be carried out by the winner.
On reading over the eligibility restrictions, I just discovered that entries can only come from people who live in the USA (but for some reason not people living in Arizona). That lets us out.
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