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Dovetail Genomics, PacBio to Comarket Genome Assembly Services

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Dovetail Genomics and Pacific Biosciences announced today that Dovetail has added PacBio's SMRT sequencing and de novo assembly tools to its own line of genome assembly services, and that they will comarket the offerings to customers.

PacBio SMRT Sequencing delivers long read lengths with high consensus accuracy and uniform coverage, which allows researchers to generate more comprehensive de novo assemblies, the companies said. Dovetail's scaffolding approach, which uses Chicago libraries and its own HiRise scaffolding pipeline, is complementary to PacBio-based assemblies, they added. The combined products are especially useful for researchers working with highly repetitive, polyploid genomes.

"We are impressed by Dovetail's continued commitment to deliver the most comprehensive view of genomes," Kevin Corcoran, PacBio's senior vice president of market development, said in a statement. "Until now, Dovetail has focused exclusively on short-read NGS data, so we are pleased to see the addition of our long-read SMRT Sequencing technology to their service offering, and to partner with Dovetail to provide the best possible genome assemblies to the scientific community."

This is the second comarketing deal Dovetail has signed this month. Last week, the firm announced it had partnered with Illumina to comarket its genome sequencing and assembly services for long-range sequencing applications. Under the terms of that earlier deal, the companies will promote Dovetail's in vitro proximity ligation-based libraries that have been prepared specifically for Illumina's sequencing platforms.

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