The impact of third generation sequencing on haplotype assembly

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The genome encompasses an organism’s full DNA, organized into chromosomes within the cell nucleus. Humans have 46 paired chromosomes, and within these pairs, genetic information is grouped as haplotypes—genetic packages passed from one generation to the next, ensuring genetic diversity. While DNA sequencing produces short fragments or reads, assembling these back into a complete genome can be complex. The presence of multiple, similar haplotypes in some organisms amplifies this complexity, emphasizing the need for specialized techniques to accurately capture these subtle genetic variations.
In this thesis, we dive into the de novo and haplotype assembly challenges. We aim
to tackle haplotype assembly challenges and find better ways to accurately assemble the genetic puzzle pieces. Along the way, we introduce a new tool for haplotype assembly designed to make the process more interpretable.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Reinders, M.J.T., Supervisor
  • Abeel, Thomas, Supervisor
Award date26 Feb 2024
Print ISBNs978-94-6384-539-7
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Haplotype assembly
  • Genome assembly
  • Third generation sequencing
  • Genome repeats


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