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De novo Genome Analysis

Overview – What is de novo genome sequencing?

De novo genome sequencing is used to resolve the primary genetic sequence of a specific prokaryotic or eukaryotic organism. The next-generation sequencing (NGS) is performed for uncharacterised genomes for which no prior knowledge of the nucleotide sequence exists and for which no reference sequence is available.


Applications – What are the advantages of de novo genome sequencing?

De novo genome sequencing is ideal for:

  • Sequencing of uncharacterised prokaryotic genomes, like bacterial genomes
  • Sequencing of unknown eukaryotic genomes, including plant and animal genomes
  • Sequencing of known genomes with significant variation
  • Gap closure and finishing of complex genomes with relatively high amounts of similar or repetitive regions
  • Analysis of structural variants and complex rearrangements, including copy number variations, inversions and translocations
  • Ability to acquire epigenetic information and sequencing data simultaneously


Workflow – de novo genome sequencing methods & technologies

The process of de novo genome sequencing involves the sequencing of small DNA fragments, assembling the reads into longer sequences (contigs) and finally ordering the contigs to obtain the entire genome sequence.
Different de novo genome assembly methods are available. Often, a hybrid approach is used where short reads sequenced at higher depths are used to error-correct longer reads from a second library. This de novo genome sequencing strategy requires two libraries, two runs and two data sets.
Eurofins Genomics’ analysis of PacBio reads (generated on the PacBio RS II platform) with a non-hybrid assembly algorithm can generate the longest contigs with a minimum number of misassemblies. A hierarchical genome assembly process (HGAP) takes advantage of multiple alignments of all reads to obtain an accurate de novo genome sequence, where even extended repetitive regions are successfully resolved. The PacBio RS II platform also provides the exclusive opportunity to gain additional epigenetic information simultaneously within one sequencing run.


Scientific expertise: de novo genome sequencing

Eurofins Genomics has sequenced and assembled hundreds of genomes, perfecting protocols for prokaryotic or eukaryotic genomes and improving workflows for finishing genomes of more complex organisms. Our use of state-of-the-art single-molecule real-time (SMRT) technology and proprietary genome assembly algorithms provide an accurate method for de novo genome analysis. Eurofins Genomics has sequenced thousands of genomes of bacteria, fungi, algae and other higher eukaryotes. Please contact us to see how you can benefit from our capabilities.


Related products to de novo genome sequencing

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See how our INVIEW De Novo Genome product can help advance your pioneering project or contact us for more information about de novo projects tailored to the size of your organism.
For cases where sequencing data for a specific organism already exist and direct comparison to a reference genome is possible, whole-genome resequencing might be the right service for you. Take advantage of our products to help you discover and validate single-base mutations, insertions, deletions and structural variants.

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