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Shotgun sequencing. Sounds like fun.

Considering that several genomes that have been sequenced in the past decade, it seems amazing in retrospect, that the first complete bacterial genome sequence was only published 12 years ago (1). Now, the Genome database at the NCBI lists 450 complete microbial genomes (procaryotes and archea), 1476 genomes from eucaryotes, 2145 viruses, and genome sequences…

About a week ago, I offered to answer questions about subjects that I’ve either worked with, studied or taught. I haven’t had many questions yet, but I can certainly answer the ones I’ve had so far. Today, I’ll answer the first question: How do you sequence a genome?

In the effort to help us define a few basic concepts, PZ started out by giving us a nice simple definition of a gene, but as he, rightly noted: I tell you right now that if I asked a half dozen different biologists to help me out with this, they’d rip into it and add…

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