MinION real-time DNA sequencer launched

IDReC now has a portable real-time device for DNA and RNA sequencing, known as a MinION. The technology works by passing long strands of DNA through a nanopore and enables sequencing of longer DNA read lengths than previously feasible. Initially the MinION will sequence the genomes of some of the more common pathogens that we work with, e.g. campylobacter and leptospirosis, and compare the outputs to existing references.


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 Staff from Massey Genome Services and Hopkirk research laboratory discuss the applications of the MinION during the initial instrument checks. Photo P. Biggs.


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