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Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) congress

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 9:26:00 AM

Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) congress

Congress - Marco Island, Florida, US

Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced today that a consortium consisting of researchers from Penn State University, the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute and Roche 454 Life Sciences is working on a new comprehensive de novo assembly of a human genome to augment and supplement the current human reference genome sequence. The team has presented the latest results today at the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) congress in Marco Island, Florida.

This new de novo assembly is quickly becoming the most complete available of the Human Reference Genome using next-generation sequencing technology. The size and contiguity of the new assembly matches that of previous Sanger-based assemblies, including the J. Craig Venter genome (HuRef) published in 2007. In total, the latest draft assembly fully spans 76 remaining gaps and extends into 13 additional repeat regions, as well as revealing a total of 36 million bases of novel genomic sequences.

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February 22, 2013
Penzberg, Germany and Marco Island Florida, USA

Contact: Roche Diagnostics Dr. Claudia Schmitt (

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