MinIONTM , developed by Professor Hagan Bayley’s company, Oxford Nanopore, really is a tiny desktop sequencer. It will retail for less than $900 and promises a human DNA sequence in 15 minutes.
If MinIONTM succeeds not only will it revolutionise DNA sequencing in research and clinical use but it will provide a huge boost to the UK’s hi-tech indiustrial capability. Professor Bayley has turned Oxford University’s chemistry department into the largest in the country and it is clear than Silicon Fen now has a challenger. The Thames Valley, currently suffering from swollen watercourses, could soon be more famous for its nanochannels though which billions of DNA bases will be coursing.