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Old 03-15-2011, 10:57 AM   #1
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Default alignment and reference genome assembling

When I do the visualization of my sequence alignment data, I noticed that I could get the consensus. Then, what's the difference between sequence alignment and reference genome assembling?
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:29 PM   #2
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yes you have made the correct observation, they are basically one in the same except in the latter you walk away a new reference from your consensus
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:59 PM   #3
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Building your sequence de novo generally requires higher coverage, and you'll end up with lots of contigs that can't be bridged due to repetitive or non-complex sequence. Aligning to a very closely related genome will allow you to easily find discrepancies, even if coverage is not so great. If your coverage is, say, an even 5x, you could call a lot of SNPs. I've found plenty of real, sanger-verified SNPs with 3x coverage. But no de novo assembler will do anything with that.

Also, for a lot of applications, what you really want are the discrepancies between your sample and a reference, so aligning to that reference is a much easier way to find them, rather than building a de novo sample reference, and comparing that to something. Also, de novo won't be totally accurate if your sample is heterozygous, or a mix of samples; at least not Velvet, which is a popular one, and the one I'm most familiar with. Whereas with an aligner, it isn't hard to see that so many reads show one allele at a locus, and so many reads show another.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:49 AM   #4
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Very detailed explanation. Thanks for all the responses.

I'm also using Velvet for sequence assembling. How to visualize the Velvet results? There are a lot of result files from Velvet assembling. How to deal with these files?
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