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MinION is being used for pathogen surveillance, metagenomics,
variant detection, selective sequencing and much more

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DNA Sequencing with MinION:
what does it offer?


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.

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Long read lengths 

The Oxford Nanopore system processes the reads that are presented to it rather than generating specific read lengths. The longest read reported by a MinION user to date is more than 200Kb, but it can process the spectrum of read lengths.

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Real-time data 

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.

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Diagram showing real-time analysis with MinION

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.

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Diagram of a nanopore


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.

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The MinION weighs 87g (103g with a flow cell). It's dimensions are W 105, H 23, D 33mm

Technical specifications 

Nanopore sensing technology is fully scalable.
Technical specifications are available for MinION and PromethION

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A PromethION

Simple sequencing workflows

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Simple sample preparation (Coming soon: automated sample preparation from Voltrax)

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Pocket-sized MinION for analysis anywhere

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Desktop PromethION for high throughput analysis

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Real time analysis solutions from Metrichor

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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 has developed the world's first and only nanopore DNA sequencer, the MinION. The MinION is a portable, real time, long-read, low cost device that has been designed to bring easy biological analyses to anyone, whether in scientific research, education or a range of real world applications such as disease/pathogen surveillance, environmental monitoring, food chain surveillance, self-quantification or even microgravity biology. Now commercially available, the MinION is in use by a thriving community of more than 1,000 people in 34 countries, enabling a myriad of applications within the traditional laboratory environment and in the field.

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Nanopore sensing technology is fully scalable and the high-throughput, high-sample number PromethION is currently being prepared for release in the PromethION Early Access Programme (PEAP). Oxford Nanopore is focused on making DNA based analyses easy enough for any user and so we are working to simplify the sample preparation and data analysis processes. For sample preparation this includes a 15 minute sample prep kit, and VolTRAX (in development), a rapid, programmable, portable, disposable sample preparation device designed to convert complex samples such as blood, saliva or environmental samples directly onto a nanopore sensing device.

Metrichor offers analysis solutions coupled with nanopore sensing devices, with the goal of making analyses accessible to people without bioinformatics skills or even biology qualifications. Nanopore devices can be adapted for the analysis of a range of biological molecules including DNA, RNA and proteins. Supported by a broad patent portfolio, the Oxford Nanopore pipeline includes multiple generations of nanopore-based sensing technologies, including those based on both biological and solid-state nanopores.