NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Oxford Nanopore Technologies plans to release several updates to its MinIon sequencer next month, including a new nanopore version and motor protein that will increase sequencing speed, yield, and accuracy, as well as improved base calling software.

Over the next few weeks and months, the company also plans to ship direct RNA sequencing kits to a group of developers and VolTrax automated library prep devices to early-access users. It also plans to deliver the first flow cells to early customers of its PromethIon high-throughput sequencer.

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