Pocket NGS can now select DNA fragments for faster Sequencing

28/07/2016 - 3 minutes

Researchers from the University of Nottingham have developed a way to select which DNA to sequence with the pocket-sized MinION. The new feature speeds up on-the-spot, real-time DNA sequencing.

university of nottingham oxford nanopore minionDeveloped by the billion-euro Biotech Oxford Nanopore (UK), the small MinION may not have the accuracy and speed of normal laboratory machines for next generation sequencing (NGS).

But its size and price could bring DNA sequencing to applications that require cheap, fast and on-the-spot results. One example includes the field surveillance of strains of Ebola virus.

The versatility of portable sequencing could now be improved with a new feature. Researchers from the University of Nottingham have developed a way for the MinION to identify if the part of DNA it’s currently ‘reading’ is of interest. If it’s not, it doesn’t bother wasting time on it and starts with the next fragment.

Named ‘Read Until‘, the novel technique was now published in Nature Methods.

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