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Complete assembly of novel environmental bacterial genomes by MinIONTM sequencing

By Daniel J. Turner, Xiaoguang Dai, Simon C Mayes, Sissel Juul

Posted 19 Sep 2015
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/026930

In this study, we adapt a protocol for the growth of previously uncultured environmental bacterial isolates, to make it compatible with whole genome sequencing. We demonstrate that in combination with the MinION sequencing device, complete assemblies can be derived, allowing genomic comparisons to be made. This approach allows rapid, inexpensive and straightforward discovery, and genomic analysis, of previously uncultured prokaryotic genomes, and brings greater ownership of all parts of the sequencing process back to individual researchers.

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