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In this week's PNAS Early Edition, the Broad Institute's David Jaffe and his colleagues describe ALLPATHS-LG, a genome assembly algorithm that uses data from massively parallel sequencers. Using ALLPATHS-LG on Illumina data, Jaffe et al. found that their assembly accuracy was higher than that achieved with capillary-based sequencing.

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