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Real-time blood test based on DNA sequencing can rapidly diagnose Ebola and other acute infections

oxford-nanpore-logoCharles Chiu, MD, PhD, associate professor of laboratory medicine at UCSF, led a team that detected the genetic fingerprints of Ebola in stored blood samples from two African patients who had acute hemorrhagic fever, completing the diagnosis within five hours of opening the samples—the DNA sequencing itself took just 10 minutes.

Chiu’s lab group was one of the first to pay $1,000 for access to an experimental DNA nanopore sequencer made by Oxford Nanopore Technologies, called the MinION. The device is small enough to fit in the palm of the hand and is powered by a USB connection to a laptop.

Read the full report at News-Medical.net

Oxford Nanopore was founded on the science of Professor Hagan Bayley of the University of Oxford in 2005, and was based at Begbroke Science Park from 2007-2009. The company now employs a team of more than 150 people including scientists, engineers, informaticians, manufacturing and commercial specialists. Headquartered in Oxford, UK, the Company also has employees in Cambridge (UK), New York and Boston.

For more information visit their website.

 

Joanna Grant