"Strand sequencing" is a technique that passes intact DNA polymers through a protein nanopore, sequencing in real time as the DNA translocates the pore. Oxford Nanopore intends to commercialise this technology independently within 2012.
Massively parallel sequencing technologies continue to alter the study of human genetics. As the cost of sequencing declines, next-generation sequencing (NGS) instruments and datasets will become increasingly accessible to the wider research community. Investigators are understandably eager to harness the power of these new technologies. Sequencing human genomes on these platforms, however, presents numerous production and bioinformatics challenges. Production issues like sample contamination, library chimaeras and variable run quality have become increasingly problematic in the transition from technology development lab to production floor. Analysis of NGS data, too, remains challenging, particularly given the short-read lengths (35–250 bp) and sheer volume of data. The development of streamlined, highly automated pipelines for data analysis is critical for transition from technology adoption to accelerated research and publication. This review aims to describe the state of current NGS technologies, as well as the strategies that enable NGS users to characterize the full spectrum of DNA sequence variation in humans.
High-throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies have made low-cost sequencing of large numbers of samples commonplace. An explosion in the type, not just number, of sequencing experiments has also taken place including genome re-sequencing, population-scale variation detection, whole transcriptome sequencing and genome-wide analysis of protein-bound nucleic acids.
With the development of next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques, many software tools have emerged for the discovery of novel microRNAs (miRNAs) and for analyzing the miRNAs expression profiles. An overall evaluation of these diverse software tools is lacking. In this study, we evaluated eight software tools based on their common feature and key algorithms.
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