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Bioinformatics. 2002 Nov;18(11):1418-26.

Identification of mixups among DNA sequencing plates.

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Whitehead Institute, Center for Genome Research, 320 Charles Street, Cambridge MA 02141, USA.



During the process of high-throughput genome sequencing there are opportunities for mixups of reagents and data associated with particular projects. The sequencing templates or sequence data generated for an assembly may become contaminated with reagents or sequences from another project, resulting in poorer quality and inaccurate assemblies.


We have developed a system to assess sequence assemblies and monitor for laboratory mixups. We describe several methods for testing the consistency of assemblies and resolving mixed ones. We use statistical tests to evaluate the distribution of sequencing reads from different plates into contigs, and a graph-based approach to resolve situations where data has been inappropriately combined. While these methods have been designed for use in a high-throughput DNA sequencing environment processing thousands of clones, they can be applied in any situation where distinct sequencing projects are performed at redundant coverage.

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