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DNA Sequencers Still Waiting for the Nanopore Revolution

Science  21 Feb 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6173, pp. 829-830
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6173.829

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Two years ago, Oxford Nanopore Technologies demonstrated a revolutionary new sequencing technology at a meeting for genomicists, but it's taken until now for it to show more data and to begin to share its new cheap, hand-held device with researchers. Meanwhile, Illumina, by far the biggest maker of sequencing machines, is about to introduce a 10-machine system that can produce 18,000 human genomes per year for less than $1000 a piece. But the machines cost $1 million apiece. Both promise to change the face of sequencing.