Wednesday, February 22, 2012

DNA sequencer as a USB key

DNA sequencers are getting smaller and smaller. Check out this one, it is a USB key DNA sequencer from Nanopore.
It is disposable and limited to 1Gbp of sequence, but it has a great potential to introduce DNA sequencing as a home application to hobbyists in the near future. This will definitively increase the number of human genome sequences available for the analysis world-wide, as the 'home genomics' becomes more popular and affordable.
Currently the price of this DNA sequencer is ranging from 500-900 dollars.

Links:
http://www.genomesunzipped.org/2012/02/making-sequencing-simpler-with-nanopores.php

http://www.nature.com/news/nanopore-genome-sequencer-makes-its-debut-1.10051

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/02/nanopore-tech-brings-rackmounted-genome-machines-usb-based-dna-sensors.ars

Nanopore press release:
http://www.nanoporetech.com/news/press-releases/view/39

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