The human microbiome, being the microbial community in the human gut, is emerging as a major determinant of wellness and disease. UNSW houses a large genomics facility and will soon take delivery of two cutting-edge sequencing platforms. This will bring extraordinary capacity to cheaply sequence the genomes of microbes using long and short read approaches. The challenge that exists, however, is how to assemble the billions of sequence fragments into accurate and complete genomes for the hundreds of bacterial species present. The project will develop new algorithms and hardware to massively accelerate this, and apply these to the human microbiome.
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