Our list of good practices in (meta)genome assembly

Lex Nederbragt (corr) et al.

  • talk to the bioinformatician(s) before doing anything
  • QC your reads with fastqc, preqc (khmer?)
  • try different programs for assembly (not too many, but more than one)
  • map the reads back to the assembly and use QC/Validation programs
  • Use orthogonal data for QC/Validation * known genes * CEGMA/Phylosift * RNA-seq data * linkage map data/optical mapping data/fosmids or BAC data
  • do blobology to figure out what you actually assembled (for any genome/metagenome)
  • make reads, mapped reads and validation results available upon release of the genome (or before)
  • make the genome assembly work reproducible

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