Species-level resolution of 16S rRNA gene amplicons sequenced through the MinION™ portable nanopore sequencer.

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PubMed ID: 26823973

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Benítez-Páez A, Portune KJ, Sanz Y

Gigascience. 2016. doi: 10.1186/s13742-016-0111-z

COMMENT: 16S rRNA amplicon analysis is a powerful method extensively used to obtain a taxonomic profiling in a metagenomic sample. However, short reads technologies are not able to provide full length 16S sequence. Thus there is a growing interest in exploring long reads technologies capabilities to analyze 16S amplicons.

The authors use Oxford Nanopore technology to analyze 16S amplicons from a controlled (BEI) bacterial community sample.

Althought this technology still has a high error rate the authors consider this technology as promising 


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Eduardo Pareja