Thursday, July 27, 2017

At SMBE 2017, SMRT Sequencing Fuels Genome Assemblies for Evolution Studies

We enjoyed attending the annual meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution in Austin earlier this month. Some 1,500 people attend SMBE, which this year offered cutting-edge sessions on evolutionary genomics, microbiome dynamics, epigenetics, and much more. There were several posters and presentations featuring SMRT Sequencing data, most focused on using highly accurate, long-read data to generate or improve reference genomes. The high-quality assemblies we saw are enabling evolutionary biologists to investigate genomic structure and function in a variety of organisms as well as characterize structural variants and other complex polymorphisms that are difficult to detect with conventional…

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