De novo sequencing, diploid assembly, and annotation of the black carpenter ant, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, and its symbionts by one person for $1000, using nanopore sequencing

Christopher Faulk

Nucleic Acids Research, gkac510, https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkac510

Creating reference animal genomes is typically a large, expensive process. Here I sequenced the genome of the black carpenter ant for only $1000 as a sole researcher in just one week. Along with the nuclear genome, I assembled the mitochondrial genome and two commensal bacteria species living within the ant. Nanopore technology also enabled epigenetic measurements from the same ant and replicated other studies showing very low DNA methylation. The reference genome compared favorably to other ant species in continuity and protein prediction accuracy. This method will allow other low-resource labs to create high quality genome assemblies with a low cost.

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