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A guide to sequencing small genomes with Oxford Nanopore

Microorganisms are the most abundant life forms on Earth, with an estimated 1 trillion species. They are fundamental to the maintenance of all ecosystems and play crucial roles in health, disease, and many environmental and industrial processes.

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Full characterisation of microbial genomes is advancing numerous fields of research. In health, sequencing of the human microbiome is shedding light on its role in an ever-growing list of diseases, whilst sequencing of the pathogens behind outbreaks of diseases such as influenza is improving understanding of their origins and transmission. In agriculture, timely detection of animal and plant pathogens is of great importance to animal welfare and food production.

Long-read sequencing with Oxford Nanopore simplifies genome assembly. Download our Getting Started guide for sample-to-answer guidance on whole-genome sequencing of small genomes with Oxford Nanopore.

Sequencing microbial genomes