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Short cut sequencing

Sequencing whole genomes remains a tedious and costly undertaking, and a number of companies are trying to develop cheaper and faster methods. Last week, two research teams reported that they achieved robust procedures for genome sequencing that cut costs and time significantly, although their accuracy needs improvement.

Current methods for sequencing whole genomes require cloning of fragments in bacterial vectors and amplification and purification of templates, followed by actual sequencing and subsequent electrophoresis.

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