Handheld DNA reader revolutionary and democratising, say scientists

Handheld DNA reader revolutionary and democratising, say scientists
By Ian Sample Science editor

New palm-sized, MiniION sequencer, costing around $1,000, designed to analyse DNA to help track disease outbreaks, check food and offer ‘the democratisation of sequencing’

An inexpensive handheld device that can read strands of DNA has been hailed as revolutionary by scientists who tested the product.

The palm-sized sequencer gives researchers the power to analyse DNA almost anywhere, and could help track disease outbreaks, run checks on food, and combat the trafficking of endangered animals.

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October 15, 2015 at 02:00PM
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