Product News: NRGene Introduces New Product to Provide Whole Genome Assembly at Significantly Lower Cost

New product offers complete genome coverage and high accuracy for DeNovo assembling reference level genomes at a much lower cost to accelerate agricultural research

31 May 2019


NRGene, a worldwide leader in genomic analysis for research and agricultural breeding, announced today the launch of DeNovoMAX – a new product that aims to empower breeding and maximize agricultural yield as part of the DeNovo assembly product suite offered by the company. The product is now available for the majority of popular homozygote genomes.


DeNovoMAX is a lean version of the legacy DeNovoMAGIC platform, which has been cited many times in scientific literature due to the high quality of results it generates. The two assembly products complement one another. DeNovoMAGIC relies on high coverage to provide a full-service genome assembly to all organisms at the highest standard of results (regardless of complexity), whereas DeNovoMAX maximizes efficiency by using a leaner library setup with minimal compromise in quality. DeNovoMax is designed to meet the applicative genomics needs of professional breeders and will be offered to the most popular homozygote species such as wheat, tobacco, tomato, pepper, cotton, corn, soybean, sunflower and more.


“With DeNovoMAGIC and DeNovoMAX, breeders can now access the best full-service genome assemblies at a price competitive with self-made genomes, at a much greater flexibility,” says Gil Ronen, Ph.D., president and founder of NRGene. “Using NRGene’s turn-key genome assembly solutions, the research community can focus its efforts on accomplishing work that has real-world impact – developing new varieties and producing healthier food in higher quality and quantity.”


As a result of NRGene’s data production optimizations and cutting-edge sequencing technologies such as Illumina’s NovaSeq, DeNovoMax is available at a significant price reduction. The cost-effectiveness and potential for high-quality assembly has been shown on wheat, the most widely cultivated crop. NRGene managed to successfully assemble, at reference quality level, the 16 GB-sized genome of common wheat (also known as bread wheat) at less than half the cost of former wheat assembly projects.


Furthermore, NRGene will also offer the option to include Pac-Bio long reads into its assembly on both DeNovo products. This addition will improve contiguity and will complement NRGene’s high-end, short-read based solution. 

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