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Oxford Nanopore Technologies Flongle

Oxford Nanopore Technologies has launched Flongle ("flow cell dongle"), an adapter for the MinIon and GridIon X5 sequencing platforms that takes single-use flow cells. Each $90 Flongle flow cell contains 126 channels and currently produces up to 1.8 Gb of sequence data, an output that is expected to increase to more than 3 Gb in the future. The firm said it has designed the device for small-genome sequencing, panel sequencing, metagenomic sequencing to identify microbes or characterize microbiomes, and library quality control for larger nanopore sequencing experiments.

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