K-mers in genome assembly – Benjamin Woodcroft


K-mers are central to eukaryotic, microbial and metagenome assembly, with their use enabling genome assembly to be feasible. Given the central importance of k-mers there have been several recent advances. This talk will outline some of these advances, including the use of multiple k-mers for an isolate genome assembly and bloom filters as a way of reducing the memory consumption of very large assemblies. I will also touch briefly upon how I use k-mers in my own research into complex permafrost-associated metagenomes.

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