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Cost-effective method accurately orders DNA sequencing along entire chromosomes

November 7, 2013

graphic shows 23 pairs of chromosomes in humans A new computational method has been shown to quickly assign, order and orient DNA sequencing information along entire chromosomes. The method may help overcome a major obstacle that has delayed progress in designing rapid, low-cost--but still accurate--ways to assemble genomes from scratch. Data gleaned through this new method can also validate certain types of chromosomal abnormalities in cancer. Full Story

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