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Nanopore Digest: 8th August 2019

Thu 8th August 2019

Human genomics

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Efficient de novo assembly of eleven human genomes using PromethION sequencing and a novel nanopore toolkit

In this pre-print, Shafin et al. present their workflow for highly time- and cost-efficient human genome sequencing and assembly using the Oxford Nanopore PromethION platform. The team sequenced 11 human genomes on a single PromethION in just 9 days, obtaining 2.3 Tb of total sequence data, and an average 63x depth of coverage, including 6.5x depth in ultra-long, 100 kb+ reads – “in terms of contemporary long-read sequencing platforms, this throughput is unmatched”. Their novel assembly tool Shasta was capable of producing a draft human genome assembly in less than 6 hours and for only $70. According to the authors, nanopore sequencing with the PromethION is “particularly applicable to de novo genome assembly because it can produce high yields of very long 100+ kilobase reads”, with reduced time, labour and cost.

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