England-based Oxford Nanopore has developed a portable DNA sequencing device, with the goal of building an "Internet of living things." The device, called MinION, is small enough to fit in a coat pocket, costs about $1000, and connects to a laptop computer via a standard USB port. It can be used in developing countries to, for example, study Ebola outbreaks and antibiotic resistance.
First shipments of the device are expected to be sent by the end of March 2016.
Related: DNA sequencing technologies: The next generation and beyond