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Al Edenloff | Echo Press Douglas Scientific President and COO Dan Malmstrom showed U.S. Senator Al Franken an array tape the company developed for DNA testing. The tape contains 384 wells or tiny test tubes that require less plastic than the standard DNA testing plates and allow researchers to test samples at a faster rate. "Some of the most sophisticated technology in the world is happening here in Alexandria," Malmstrom told the senator.

Scientific breakthroughs - Franken 'jazzed' by Douglas Machine's high-tech advances

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For the second time in a week, a U.S. senator visited Alexandria to glean information about creating jobs and technological opportunities.

On Wednesday, Al Franken toured one of the area's largest employers, Douglas Machine and its new bioscience division, Douglas Scientific.

"This has been an inspiring morning for me," Franken told reporters after his tour. "I'm jazzed."

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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