Shrink It Down

The shrinking of DNA sequencers is enabling the devices to be used in a wider range of applications, the Economist reports.

The first such portable platform, Oxford Nanopore's MinIon, is small enough to fit in a pocket, it says. The Economist notes, though, it doesn't quite reach the accuracy level lab-bound sequencers.

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