Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Complete Khoisan and Bantu genomes from southern Africa : Article : Nature


Just attended a very good lecture by Stephan Schuster, entitled "African Genomes: Charting Human Diversity"
He offered unbiased views / charts on the platform differences between 454, GAIIx, HiSeq, SOLiD for NGS sequencing coverage (which I think I should not repeat here). It points to the need to do sequencing on 2 different platforms to get a more accurate SNP list.

He also gave compelling reasons for getting a 20x coverage of Human genome done in 454 to complete the human genome (457 gaps in hg19). 

Yes, I often forget that the media / lay person thinks that the human genome is 'complete'. It's a often ignored 'secret' that actually it isn't. Maybe the next marketing ploy(i mean strategy) for emerging sequencing platforms would be to be THE ONE that actually finishes the human genome.

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