Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nanopores: Fission or Fusion?

It's fall, and the foliage in New England is putting on its usual spectacular show.  What isn't showing is any of the progress in nanopore sequencing that I got caught up in last February.  Oxford Nanopore made quite a splash, and I wrote a quite breathless account based on a phone conversation with them.  Since then, other than raising some serious cash, Oxford has been quite quiet, and has neither released any data the community (or at least this blogger!) is clamoring for nor is there any sign that alpha units have been placed.  Genia was another nanopore company making noises about unveiling this year, but now they have licensed a new nanopore-based sequencing chemistry and promised boxes in 2014.   When will nanopores actually hit the market?