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Nat Rev Genet. 2016 May 17;17(6):333-51. doi: 10.1038/nrg.2016.49.

Coming of age: ten years of next-generation sequencing technologies.

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York 11724, USA.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine; and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Davis, California 95817, USA.


Since the completion of the human genome project in 2003, extraordinary progress has been made in genome sequencing technologies, which has led to a decreased cost per megabase and an increase in the number and diversity of sequenced genomes. An astonishing complexity of genome architecture has been revealed, bringing these sequencing technologies to even greater advancements. Some approaches maximize the number of bases sequenced in the least amount of time, generating a wealth of data that can be used to understand increasingly complex phenotypes. Alternatively, other approaches now aim to sequence longer contiguous pieces of DNA, which are essential for resolving structurally complex regions. These and other strategies are providing researchers and clinicians a variety of tools to probe genomes in greater depth, leading to an enhanced understanding of how genome sequence variants underlie phenotype and disease.

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