CLC Bio has released a beta version of its de novo assembly algorithm. The new assembler comes in two different editions, as a standalone command-line interface and as a graphical user interface through a plug-in for the CLC Genomics Workbench.
The new tool enables users to assemble a human genome, sequenced at 37-fold coverage, on a single computer with 32 GB of RAM in about seven hours, the company said. The beta version supports data from multiple platforms, including hybrid de novo assemblies with Illumina, Roche 454, and Sanger data. CLC Bio aims to release the final version in the first quarter of 2010.