The Oxford Nanopore MinION is a portable sequencer and has the lowest instrument cost among all sequencing platforms with a 97.5 to >99.3% raw read accuracy (Oxford Nanopore Technologies, 2021). The technology has demonstrated its utility for sequencing biological entities, from the simple nano-sized viruses to complex plants and animals, generating sequence information that is sufficient to provide comprehensive insights into the underlying genome architecture. It has also been validated to produce SARS-CoV-2 consensus sequences with the same accuracy as other sequencing platforms (Bull et al., 2020 and Charre et al., 2020).
Virologist’s sequencing technologies in Ebola outbreak
The Philippine Genome Center of the UP System is holding a free seminar titled “Using viral genomic sequencing to track virus transmission during the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa” by Professor Ian Gordon Goodfellow of the Division of Virology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge.