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Old 10-01-2010, 06:09 AM   #1
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Default problem with de novo assembly of ESTs


I am trying to assemble ~10 million 454 ESTs and ~1 million sanger ESTs. I tried newbler, CAP3 and TGICL. They all output identical sequences more or less in the contigs and singlets files.

For example, I found the 454Isotigs.fna file contains many sequences that are 100% identical but with different lengths (i.e. one sequence contains another shorter one). Isn't this supposed not to happen. I mean they should be assembled as one?

I also tried CAP3 and TGICL. Again, they also output identical sequences more or less in the contigs and singlets files.

Does anyone know why? Thanks ...
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:23 PM   #2
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Maybe you could try with Mira, but I warn you that with no assembler you'll get perfect results. Most assemblers a focused on genomic sequences (no splicing and even coverage). They can be tweaked a little to assemble transcriptomes, but most of the times the results are not nice.
Theoretically newbler has a transcriptome mode, but last time I tried, the result was quite poor. After much testing I stuck with Mira despite its notable problems with the transcriptome.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:27 AM   #3
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The phenomenon of the almost identical sequences in the 454Isotigs.fna file is explained here and here (my blog on newbler, where I suggested running cd-hit on the isotigs for each isogroup to collapse them). At least newbler is trying...
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