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Notes on Sequence Assembly and K-mer Analysis

There is an overarching scheme to assembling genomes from DNA sequences:

  1. Compare sequences and calculate the overlap between each sequence and each other sequence. Overlap indicates that two reads might e from the same part of the genome
  2. Create layout of read overlap which represent contiguous part of the genome
  3. Analyze each read and call a consensus sequence.

The rate-limiting step for this process is calculating the overlap between each sequence because the process time increases exponentially with the number of sequences in the data set.

Assembling genomes with a De Bruijn graph circumvents this problem by allowing the assembler to extend the genome independently of any other sequence in the data. In order to assemble the genome with a De Bruijn graph, you must select a k-mer size such that the genome being assembled contains few or no repeats when divided into k-mers of that size.

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