Microbial Genomics Webinar Series - Part 1


Optimizing for Information: What Richer Data and Better Assemblies Reveal About Metagenome Structure and Function


Thursday, July 22, 2021


10:00 a.m. PDT
1:00 p.m. EDT
6:00 p.m. BST

Sign up to watch this webinar OnDemand, and revisit the other webinars in our Microbial Genomics Webinar Series listed below, to learn how scientists are using highly accurate long-read sequencing to make new discoveries about bacteria, viruses, and the complex systems they inhabit and influence.

Attendee Takeaways:

  • An overview of PacBio-recommended tools for metagenome sequencing analyses and where to download test data
  • Understanding typical performance for HiFi metagenome sequencing of fecal samples at 1-4 samples per SMRT Cell, including ~90% of reads functionally annotated and 15-60 high-quality MAGs per sample
  • The impact of read accuracy on metagenome assembly of long read data
  • How deep sequencing that combines HiFi reads and Hi-C data can enormously increase recovery of high-quality MAGs and connect plasmids and viruses to host strains


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Meredith Ashby, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Segment Marketing

Derek M. Bickhart, Ph.D.

Deep Sequencing of a Sheep Fecal Sample with HiFi Reads and Hi-C Data
Research Microbiologist/Bioinformatician
US Department of Agriculture

Dan Portik, Ph.D.

Try this at Home: HiFi Metagenomics Example Data and Workflows
Bioinformatics Scientist

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