Saturday, February 18, 2012

USB memory stick sized DNA sequencer

Researchers from Oxford Nanopore Technologies have developed a USB memory stick sized platform for the sequencing DNA.

They named it MinION that uses the GridIOn platform developed by the company. GridION has scalable instruments with consumable cartridges having array chips for nano-pore sensing. MinION is a disposable device for sensing experiments such as DNA sequencing and protein and other nanopore sensing.

"The exquisite science behind nanopore sensing has taken nearly two decades to reach this point; a truly disruptive single molecule analysis technique, designed alongside new electronics to be a universal sequencing system. GridION and MinION are poised to deliver a completely new range of benefits to researchers and clinicians," said Dr Gordon Sanghera, CEO of Oxford Nanopore.

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