DNA sequence data has become an indispensable tool for Molecular Biology & Evolutionary Biology. Study in these fields now require a genome sequence to work from. We call this a ‘Reference Sequence.’ We need to build a reference for each species. We do this by Genome Assembly. De novo Genome Assembly is the process of reconstructing the original DNA sequence from the fragment reads alone.

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Before diving into this topic, we recommend you to have a look at:


Lesson Slides Hands-on Recordings Input dataset Workflows
An Introduction to Genome Assembly
An introduction to get started in genome assembly and annotation
Assembly of metagenomic sequencing data
Chloroplast genome assembly
De Bruijn Graph Assembly
Deeper look into Genome Assembly algorithms
ERGA post-assembly QC
Genome Assembly Quality Control
Genome Assembly of MRSA using Illumina MiSeq Data
Genome Assembly of MRSA using Oxford Nanopore MinION Data
Genome assembly using PacBio data
Large genome assembly and polishing
Making sense of a newly assembled genome
Unicycler Assembly
Unicycler assembly of SARS-CoV-2 genome with preprocessing to remove human genome reads
VGP assembly pipeline
VGP assembly pipeline - short version

Galaxy instances

You can use a public Galaxy instance which has been tested for the availability of the used tools. They are listed along with the tutorials above.

You can also use the following Docker image for these tutorials:

docker run -p 8080:80

NOTE: Use the -d flag at the end of the command if you want to automatically download all the data-libraries into the container.

It will launch a flavored Galaxy instance available on http://localhost:8080. This instance will contain all the tools and workflows to follow the tutorials in this topic. Login as admin with password password to access everything.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions regarding this topic have been collected on a dedicated FAQ page . Common questions related to specific tutorials can be accessed from the tutorials themselves.

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