Dear Readers, Today we came to know that Lex Nederbragt’s group’s request for early access to ONT Minion has been denied. We created an online petition so that Oxford Nanopore reconsiders its decision. Please sign it here and forward the link to others. Text of the petition is shown below.
Genome scientist Lex Nederbragt has been very active in the online community about sharing information on next-generation sequencing technologies. Also, his blog is generally considered fair, impartial and objective regarding various technologies. We are saddened to learn that his request for early access to Minion has been rejected. Since Nanopore sequencing is considered an important technology by many researchers (incl. us), we believe our knowledge and decision about the technology will be greatly enhanced by evaluation done by Dr. Nederbragt.
An open and impartial review of the technology will be beneficial for both the research community and the company itself. Tweets like following are bad PR, in our humble opinion.