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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Researchers from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia have sequenced and started analyzing a draft genome assembly for a tropical plant with infamously smelly, spine-covered fruit: the durian, Durio zibethinus.

The team used a combination of short- and long-read sequencing paired with chromosome contact mapping to put together a draft genome assembly for the Musang King cultivar of durian. It also generated transcriptome sequences representing fruit and non-fruit tissues from the D. zibethinus plant.

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Mar
21
Sponsored by
Loop Genomics

This webinar provides a comparison of next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches for human transcriptome sequencing, including short-read Illumina sequencing and synthetic long-read sequencing technology.

Mar
26
Sponsored by
PerkinElmer

This webinar will address the current status and future directions for massively high-throughput genomics for plant and animal breeding and research.

Mar
27
Sponsored by
Swift Biosciences

Sequencing workflows require library quantification and normalization to ensure data quality and reduce cost. 

Mar
28
Sponsored by
Qiagen

The Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) is a manually curated, comprehensive collection of disease-causing, germline mutations. Since 1996, a team of experts has manually catalogued over a quarter of a million mutations for the database.