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Record number 533088
Title The long reads ahead : De novo genome assembly using the MinION
Author(s) Lannoy, Carlos de; Ridder, Dick de; Risse, Judith
Source F1000 Research 6 (2017). - ISSN 2046-1402
Department(s) Bioinformatics
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Keyword(s) MinION - Nanopore sequencing - Review - textit sequencing
Abstract Nanopore technology provides a novel approach to DNA sequencing that yields long, label-free reads of constant quality. The first commercial implementation of this approach, the MinION, has shown promise in various sequencing applications. This review gives an up-to-date overview of the MinION's utility as a de novo sequencing device. It is argued that the MinION may allow for portable and affordable de novo sequencing of even complex genomes in the near future, despite the currently error-prone nature of its reads. Through continuous updates to the MinION hardware and the development of new assembly pipelines, both sequencing accuracy and assembly quality have already risen rapidly. However, this fast pace of development has also lead to a lack of overview of the expanding landscape of analysis tools, as performance evaluations are outdated quickly. As the MinION is approaching a state of maturity, its user community would benefit from a thorough comparative benchmarking effort of de novo assembly pipelines in the near future. An earlier version of this article can be found on bioRxiv.
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