Whole-genome sequencing

Sequence the entire genome of a bacteria, virus, or other microbe, and compare the sequence to that of a known reference.

Key Strengths

  • Allows investigation of all genes in all organisms present in a given complex sample
  • Sequences thousands of organisms in parallel
  • Sequences and discovers unculturable organisms
  • Detects very low abundance members of the microbial community that might be missed or are too expensive to identify using other methods
  • Provides comprehensive analysis of the microbial/viral genome
  • Aids discovery of new biomarkers (SNP variants) within a microbial/viral sample by providing distinct gene information from homologous chromosomes, supporting haplotyping, and allele-specific solutions.