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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers at the Broad Institute have developed an RNA-seq strategy amenable for constructing de novo assemblies of Lassa and Ebola viral genomes from biological samples.

The method was published recently in Genome Biology and uses RNase H-based digestion to remove contaminating poly(rA) carrier RNA and rRNA. In addition, the group has developed a hybrid enrichment protocol to enhance the viral content of sequencing libraries.

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