Early MinIon Mania

In spite of some stumbles and limitations on the technology, early users are gaga over Oxford Nanopore Technologies' MinIon sequencer, Nature News reports.

"This is democratization of sequencing," Joshua Quick, a bioinformatician at the UK's University of Birmingham, told the publication. "You don't have to rely on expensive infrastructure and costly equipment." 

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