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Laboratory robot, High Wycombe, England, 1991

Laboratory robots have increasingly been used to perform repetitive tasks. This robot is programmed to rapidly place two precisely measured but different liquids into 96 wells. This is the start of the process to work out the gene sequence of DNA. This robot is an ex-demonstration model used to sell the machine to laboratories. The model is known as the Biomek 1000 and was made by Beckman Instruments UK Ltd.

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Glossary: DNA

DNA stores the information, or blueprints, of every cell and is located in the genes. It is made up of two strands which form a double helix that is linked by hydrogen bonds. It was first described in 1953 by Francis Crick and James Watson.