PacBio - Monthly Newsletter (August)

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Events and Webinars

Webinar TODAY! For Bioinformatics - User-friendly Solutions to SMRT Sequencing Bioinformatics with SMRT Link

Date: Thursday 13th August, 2020
Time: 12:00pm AEST

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Khi Pin Chua, Ph.D.
Scientists, Field Applications Support, Bioinformatics, PacBio Asia Pacific

In this webinar we will cover:

  • Introduce SMRT Link as the comprehensive workflow manager for all SMRT Sequencing applications.
  • Cover the main analysis pipelines for different applications.
  • Review the changes in the latest version v9.0.
  • Cover new recommendations for selected analysis pipelines.
  • Discuss command line alternatives to selected SMRT Link pipelines

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Past Webinar Recordings:

Listen to our CSO Jonas Korlach discuss the applications of HiFI reads.

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PacBio APAC Webinar by Dr. Adam Ameur of SciLifeLab shared his work at SciLifeLab including how SMRT Sequencing has been applied in many different projects; from the sequencing of single genes, to de novo assembly of complete human genomes and a new method to study CRISPR-Cas9 off-target effects using long reads

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Recent Blogs

Sequencing 101: What's the Value of Sequencing Full-Length RNA Transcripts?

While different tissues in an organism may share the same genomic DNA, they can differ greatly in what regions are transcribed into RNA and in their patterns of RNA processing. By reviewing the history of transcriptomics, we can see the advantages of RNA sequencing – using a full-length transcript approach – become clearer.

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Review: How Long-Read Sequencing Is Revealing Unseen Genomic Variation

variants-diagram.pngIn a review, University of Washington scientists give credit for accomplishments in filling the gaps in genomic variant identification to advancements in long-read sequencing.

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New Isoform Phasing Technique Traces Parental-Progeny Differences In Maizes

corn.jpegCold Spring Harbor scientists have performed an isoform-level phasing study in maize using the PacBio Iso-Seq method and a new tool, IsoPhase.

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A HiFi View: Sequencing the Gut Microbiome with Highly Accurate Long Reads

Whether you are seeking to characterize microbial diversity in the gut, or distinguish between pathogenic and commensal bacteria on the skin, full-length 16S rRNA sequencing using PacBio systems is a valuable tool for metagenomics studies, according to microbiology researchers in a recent webinar.

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Bioinformatics Resources

HiFi Datasets: Highly accurate long reads, or HiFi reads, have the ability to resolve some of the most challenging regions of the human genome and detect previously inaccessible variants. They offer read lengths of up to tens of kilobases with accuracy on par with short reads. Explore some publicaly available HiFi datasets across numerous applications, including human WGS. Explore HiFi Datasets

Workshop materials: UC Davis Bioinformatics Core has recently organized a workshop on genome assembly. Sarah Kingan and Ivan Sovic from PacBio were invited to teach how to assemble HiFi genomes using IPA. Materials with useful information are freely available on UC Davis's website.

De novo assembly tool: A new release of Hifiasm 0.9 is now on github. This release reduces mis-assemblies and improves on assembly completeness!

Recent Publications

Human Biomedical

Recommended Review: Long-read human genome sequencing and its applications. Nature Reviews Genetics.
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Genome in a Bottle (GIAB): A new preprint on the latest update to Genome in a Bottle (GIAB) datasets used for variants benchmarking. This dataset is important to assess the accuracy of variant calling in human sequencing. PacBio HiFi reads were instrumental in allowing the consortium to expand the benchmark.
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The Telomere to Telomere (T2T) consortium revealed their full assembly of the human X chromosome (chrX) in Nature.  They chose the chrX for the manual finishing and validation.  It was broken in just 3 places and while ultralong ONT was important to getting it stitched together, HiFI reads are what enabled them to correctly call the sequence of two nearly identical 100kb+ segmental duplications that broke the assembly and to decipher the exact sequence of the repeat arrays found in the centromere. 
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There is a Nature Medicine paper published on July 10.  The team at Vanderbilt combined Berkeley Light's single cell system with PacBio Sequel to identify a panel of mAb towards SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.  As far as I know this is the first study where PacBio was combined with Berkeley Light's technology.  A very exciting application indeed.
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A bit older but a good one: Improved assembly and variant detection using HiFi reads.
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Finishing draft genomes provides access to biosynthetic gene clusters
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B. cenocepacia methylation data adds insights on biofilm formation.
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Gene duplications and expansions revealed with phased long-read assemblies.
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Plant and Animal

The sound of pangenome buzzword is drumming up.

Plant pan-genomes are the new reference
Edwards, Batley
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Pan-genomics in the human genome era
Sherman & Salzberg
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There is also an excellent bat pan-genome paper that appeared in Nature. 
Six reference-quality genomes reveal evolution of bat adaptations
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CLR for assembly and Iso-Seq for genome annotation

Identifying the role of alternative splicing for modulating response to nitrogen in maize Read it here!

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