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OpGen Completes Map of Aspergillus Fumigatus Genome

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 (GenomeWeb News) - OpGen said today that it has completed a whole genome map of the fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus.


The project, said OpGen, was done on behalf of the global sequencing consortium, an international partnership of researchers which had generated over 28 million bases of sequence data in 19 individual contiguous sequences. The company said that its data allowed the 19 contigs to be ordered and oriented on the eight chromosomes identified by the genome map, helping establish the gaps remaining to be finished.


"OpGen's whole genome map gave us the ability to put everything together, allowing our team to view all of the pieces of the chromosomes as a whole unit," William Nierman, consortium member and investigator with The Institute for Genome Research. "With OpGen's help, we were able to link all of the sequence contigs into whole chromosomes in a very cost efficient manner."


In 2001, Celera Genomics sequenced the Aspergillus fumigatus as part of an exclusive partnership with Elitra Pharmaceuticals.

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