USB stick can sequence DNA in seconds

日期:2019-03-01 02:07:05 作者:汝闱绉 阅读:

By Duncan Graham-Rowe IT LOOKS like an ordinary USB memory stick, but a little gadget that can sequence DNA while plugged into your laptop could have far-reaching effects on medicine and genetic research. The UK company Oxford Nanopore Technologies built the device, called MinION, and claims it can sequence simple genomes – such as those of some viruses and bacteria – in a matter of seconds. More complex genomes might not be practical at first, but MinION could also be useful for quickly sequencing DNA from cells in a biopsy to look for cancer, for example,