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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In an effort to improve long-read metagenomic studies, two research groups have released a new metagenomics-specific long-read assembler and a number of long-read metagenomic datasets to test analytical methods on.

Earlier this month, researchers from the University of Birmingham in the UK, led by Nick Loman, published a paper in GigaScience describing long-read datasets from mock communities of microbes.

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