There’s been quite a bit of good news in the world of nanopore sequencing recently. First there was the acquisition of nanopore startup Genia by Roche. This was quickly followed by the first user-generated data coming out of Oxford Nanopore’s MinION early access program. And last week we tweeted about a paper from the Gundlach group at the University of Washington deposited at arXive which appears to demonstrate the sequencing of PhiX using an MspA nanopore.
We were surprised to get the following twitter reply from Oxford Nanopore’s Chief Technology Officer Clive Brown:
He appears to be asking the provocative question of whether or not the Gundlach group is guilty of plagiarism – i.e, passing off the work of others in the nanopore field as their own. We’re not willing to stick our neck out to make a proclamation one way or another, but since Clive has asked the question, what do you think? Is the Gundlach group guilty of plagiarism? Or is Oxford Nanopore’s CTO guilty of stirring up trouble where none exists? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.