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You can't open Google Alerts these days without finding some mention of 23andMe or a similar competitor -- so Sandra Porter takes the opportunity to post a blog entry on quality scores in DNA sequencing. The post is brief but ends with a few sample quality plots for DNA sequence reads, and Porter quizzes readers on which elements they can correctly identify. How good are you?

 

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