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Assembles de novo genomes from fragments of DNA that specifically attacks the question of scalability. Gossamer is an extension of a prototype based on the succinct representation of de Bruijn assembly graphs as a bitmap or set of integers. It assembles base-space paired reads such as those from an Illumina sequencing platform. The tool operates in a series of explicit passes to give the user control of the assembly process.

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NICTA Victoria Research Laboratory, Department of Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

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Supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Communications; Information Technology and the Arts; Australian Research Council through Backing Australia’s Ability and ICT Centre of Excellence programs

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