This Week in Nature

In this week's Nature Biotechnology, an international research team reports the sequencing and de novo assembly of a human genome using Oxford Nanopore Technologies' MinION portable nanopore sequencer. The scientists used the device to sequence and assemble the GM12878 Utah/Ceph human cell line genome, producing 91.2 Gb of sequence data. They also developed a protocol to generate ultra-long reads of up to 882 kb each.

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