This Week in Genome Research | GenomeWeb

In the early online edition of Genome Research, an international team led by investigators at Nanjing Agricultural University and BGI-Shenzhen presents a draft genome for pear, Pyrus bretschneideri. Using BAC-by-BAC Sanger sequencing and Illumina HiSeq 2000 high-throughput sequencing, the group generated enough reads to cover around 97 percent of the pear genome's estimated 512 million bases to an average depth of 194-fold.

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