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Brief Published: 6 Mar 2012



Developed by UK-based medical research company Oxford Nanopore Technologies, MinION is a miniaturised sensing device that’s bringing DNA sequencing to the commercial market.

The disposable device, which is equipped with a sensor and nanopores, can be adapted to perform DNA sequencing and protein sensing – it’s even capable of screening environmental samples such as water.

MinION plugs directly into a laptop or desktop USB port. It can then deliver real-time experimental data to the user, making single molecule sensing straightforward and understandable. A potential application could be quick DNA analyses of biopsied cells to assess the risk of cancer.

See Sensing Health for more information on the technologies that are leading to the emergence of a new field of preventative medicine. The ability to monitor our wellbeing and administer medicine without conscious effort is set to revolutionise the way we look after ourselves in the future.