Tracking Wily Diseases

A tool that provided crucial data for tracking Ebola last year could prove even more powerful in tracking future epidemics, according to new research in Nature that has 102 co-authors.

The key to the setup was the MinION MkI, a palm-sized genome analyzer that connects to a conventional laptop. The instruments fit into 3 airline-ready bags, weighing less than 50 kilograms total, allowing scientists to take them to remote clinics on the outbreak’s front lines.

When used during the outbreak, results weren’t as comprehensive as data from traditional lab equipment, but it was accurate enough to track the spread of the disease.
The Verge

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