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Writing in Genome Research, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute's Jared Simpson and Richard Durbin present memory-efficient data structures and algorithms for genome assembly "using the FM-index derived from the compressed Burrows-Wheeler transform, and a new assembler based on these called SGA," or string graph assembler.

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