This new device won't allow you to analyze DNA tests at home. After all, a DNA lab needs more than a sequencer to deliver test results. However, with Oxford Nanopore about to release a $900 sequencer, the prices for DNA tests performed by commercial labs should drop significantly. In fact, the manufacturer predicts that the price of the sequencer will drop well below $900 once volume production begins.
Don't look for any immediate price drops, however. Limited production will begin six to nine months from now and we can expect further delays before the new unit becomes available in volume.
The MinION DNA sequencer is the size of a USB memory stick, and obtains both power and computer analysis from a normal laptop computer. Results are available within six hours.
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