Spotlight: Real-time microbial sequencing

MinION devices from Oxford Nanopore enable rapid and comprehensive analysis of microbial samples — from real-time species identification and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) profiling to plasmid verification and whole-genome assembly.  

Discover the benefits of nanopore sequencing:

  • Portable and affordable - sequence in the lab or at sample source
  • Real-time data analysis workflows - including species identification AMR profiling, and plasmid verification
  • Streamlined 10-minute library preparation - for rapid sample insights
  • Long sequencing reads - delivering enhanced taxonomic resolution and complete, reference-quality genome assemblies
  • PCR-free approaches - eliminate amplification bias and detect DNA/RNA methylation as standard

Portable MinION devices are suitable for use in any environment, allowing sequencing to take place at sample source, saving valuable time, reducing the potential impact of sample degradation, and offering immediate insights into microbiome and environmental DNA (eDNA) samples. 

Sequencing devices

Find a nanopore sequencing device or starter pack to suit your microbial and microbiome sequencing projects – whether in the lab or field.

Getting started guides: Microbial and microbiome sequencing

Download our Getting started guides for best practice advice on sequencing microbial and microbiome samples, including kit and data analysis selection.

Whole-genome and metagenome sequencing kits

Perform rapid metagenomic species ID and AMR profiling, or generate complete, circular microbial genomes — in the lab or field.

Video: Same-day whole-plasmid sequencing in your lab

A low-cost, end-to-end workflow for in-house plasmid verification. Sequence up to 96 plasmid samples per run with same-day results.

16s rRNA sequencing kit

The 16S Barcoding Kit enables rapid, genus level identification of bacteria and archaea from up to 24 samples in a single, cost-effective sequencing run.

Talk to our specialists

Request a call with our experts for detailed advice on implementing nanopore sequencing for your microbial and microbiome samples.

Discover how easy it is to get started with nanopore sequencing

View video tutorials, protocols, device specifications, and required equipment and consumables.

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