To the bngo shill and anyone else who might be interested in biomemes (and genomics): on the non-technical side I suggest the following two introductions to the garbage quality of "state of the art" research and the politics and lies that are all over the place:
On the immortality of the television set (a highly digestible article aimed at non-technical readers, open-access, a real classic and a gem):
The book: Neanderthal Man, isbn 9781306773799
Another digestible text, this time more of a biographical character. One of the scientists in charge of assembling the human genome describing what a shitshow the afair was.
As for bngo itself: its reads look genuinely good, they're better than typical ilmn reads get. But they could be cheating similarly to the actors described in the above resources.
They see themselves as a company that will be in the clinic checking genetic variants for somatic diseases. In that case, oxford nanopores and illumina are their competition, yet they almost always compare themselves to pacbio. They lose in pacbio's playground, but win where pacbio has no designs to go.
They will NEVER EVER beat oxford naonpores, ever. But that's fine. They might actually beat illumina, and that's a good start. They might be the high-precision machine in the hospital for use to double-check routine checks done with the much cheaper, much smaller, much faster oxford nanopores device.
It's true that they're more accurate than oxford nanopores, but for variant calling in a diagnostic context, that's completely useless, especially when the errors are not systematic with oxford nanopores (they're purely due to the waveform and its interpretation, i.e. pure software, so running the test twice gives different random errors. For diagnostics, that's more than acceptable, especially since they're quite accurate anyway).
Their public presentations are full of shit and kikery, beware. Still certainly buyable.