Thursday, March 29, 2012

Quick post: nice review on de novo genome assembly

Just a quick post here.  There is a nice review by Monya Baker on de novo genome assembly in Nature Methods: De novo genome assembly: what every biologist should know : Nature Methods : Nature Publishing Group.  It is currently freely available though not sure if that is permanent or not ...

Love the start which quotes my colleague Ian Korf
Asked how mature the field of genome assembly is, Ian Korf at the University of California, Davis, compares it to a teenager with great capabilities. “It's got bold assertions about what it can do, but at the same time it's making embarrassing mistakes,” he says
The paper is definitely worth a look ...


  1. Well, it's obvious. Why make genome papers (& corrections) free when you can make the method to assemble them yourself free? DIY genomics!

  2. just you wait -- someone will figure out a way to charge for A's. You can assemble only Gs, Cs and Ts ...

  3. Thanks for pointing this out, I didn't realize it had appeared. For those who don't know it, many former TIGR scientists were involved in the assembly comparisons discussed in the article.

    TIGR is no more but its influence continues... ;-)


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