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New Products: PacBio's SMRT Analysis 1.4

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Pacific Biosciences has launched SMRT Analysis 1.4, a software upgrade that provides higher quality genome assemblies. It will be available for download on Jan. 31. The upgrade includes a new hierarchical de novo assembly process, HGap, which allows users to assemble microbial and fungal genomes using only PacBio long reads, and also incorporates a multi-read consensus algorithm dubbed Quiver.

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