Portable, real-time biological analyses
MinION is a portable device for molecular analyses that is driven by nanopore technology. It is adaptable for the analysis of DNA, RNA, proteins or small molecules with a straightforward workflow. The MinION product specification is available here.
The MinION can be run for minutes or days according to the experimental need. Users can adjust settings like the speed that the DNA passes through the nanopore. PromethION, which will soon be released into early access, is designed to be fully scalable so that users can operate between one or 48 flow cells at any one time.
Nanopore sequencing data starts streaming immediately, rather than being delivered in bulk at the end of a 'run'. The implications of this on workflows and fast turnaround results has been explored in many applications. For example, returning an answer on a species identification very quickly, or allowing sequencing experiments to be stopped if sufficient data has accumulated to answer a question, so you can move on to the next experiment.
Direct molecular analysis
Nanopore sequencing data starts streaming immediately. Being able to sequence the native DNA/RNA helps to avoid errors introduced by amplification and other preparation procedures. It also has potential uses in the analysis of modified bases.
The MinION can be used outside the traditional lab environment to perform field-based work - taking the analysis to the sample. VolTRAX, in development for automated sample prep, will further enable sequencing in diverse environments and by those with fewer lab skills.
87g (103g with a flow cell)
W 105, H 23, D 33mm
New: Nature publication: “Real-time, portable genome sequencing for Ebola surveillance”
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About Oxford Nanopore Technologies
Our goal: to enable the analysis of any living thing, by any person, in any environment
Oxford Nanopore Technologies is developing and commercialising a new generation of nanopore-based electronic systems for analysis of single molecules, including DNA, RNA and proteins. The handheld MinION device, the high-throughput/high sample number PromethION and GridION systems are designed to provide novel qualities in molecular sensing such as real-time data streaming, improved simplicity, efficiency and scalability of workflows and direct analysis of the molecule of interest...