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Overview of New DNA Sequencing Techniques

March 2, 2012

Richard Cronn and colleagues (from the USDA Forest Service, Oregon State University, Brigham Young University, and Linfield College) have published an overview of new and potential DNA sequencing techniques.

"Plant genomes range from simple to exceptionally complex," noted Cronn. "Combining next-generation sequencing with targeted enrichment allows plant scientists to reduce the complexity of plant genomes and focus on specific genes or unique regions that are easy to analyze."

The overview is one of a series of articles in a Special Issue on Methods and Applications of Next-Generation Sequencing in Botany in the American Journal of Botany. The researchers summarize "targeted enrichment" strategies that can be used to obtain specific DNA sequences from complex plant genomes.

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