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OpGen, Inc. Announces Sequence Assembly and Finishing of First Reference Genome of Domestic Goat


12/27/2012 9:14:35 AM

GAITHERSBURG, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OpGen, Inc. today announced its ARGUS® Whole Genome Mapping System technology was used in combination with next-generation sequencing (NGS) to produce the first, high-quality reference genome of the domestic goat. The study, which was led by BGI-Shenzhen and Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences was published online today in Nature Biotechnology. The paper, titled Sequencing and automated whole-genome optical mapping of the genome of a domestic goat (Capra hircus), demonstrates the value, efficiency and cost effectiveness of OpGen’s Whole Genome Mapping in de novo assemblies of large, complex genomes. “This independent technology provides not only the validation of the genome sequencing, but also provides the large-scale chromosome structure information that cannot be detected by sequencing,” said Xun Xu, Deputy Director, BGI-Shenzhen. “The experience in these genome assembly projects shows that the physical whole genome map should be the standard for any reference genome to be assembled in the future.”

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