Next-generation sequencing technologies and their impact on microbial genomics

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Next-generation sequencing technologies have had a dramatic impact in the field of genomic research through the provision of a low cost, high-throughput alternative to traditional capillary sequencers. These new sequencing methods have surpassed their original scope and now provide a range of utility-based applications, which allow for a more comprehensive analysis of the structure and content of microbial genomes than was previously possible. With the commercialization of a third generation of sequencing technologies imminent, we discuss the applications of current next-generation sequencing methods and explore their impact on and contribution to microbial genome research.

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