SAN FRANCISCO – An official from the Beijing Genomics Institute said this week that BGI has developed a short-read de novo assembly algorithm that is capable of assembling a human genome.

Wang Jun, associate director of the BGI, told attendees of Cambridge Healthech Institute's Genomic Tools and Technologies Summit here that a paper on the method is currently under review, and that his team has successfully used it to assemble the panda genome, which it is sequencing with the Illumina Genome Analyzer.

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