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In a method paper published online in Genome Biology this week, the University of Washington's Jay Shendure and his colleagues describe an approach for shotgun fragment library construction based on high-density in vitro transposition. When applied to the sequencing of a human genome, Shedure et al. say their method produced coverage biases "comparable with conventional protocols," though it is more efficient than other methods.

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