Saturday, February 18, 2012

Company Unveils DNA Sequencing Device Meant to Be Portable, Disposable and Cheap

This NYTimes article reports that British company Oxford Nanopore Technologies has announced it will begin selling a disposable gene sequencing device by the end of the year. This device, no larger than a USB stick, would be capable of using nanopore sequencing and will only cost $900.

The technology is projected to have benefits for wildlife biologists, enabling them to sequence DNA in the field.

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