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December 13, 2010

Development of a Low Bias Method for Characterizing Viral Populations Using Next Generation Sequencing Technology

PLoS ONE: : "The goal of this work is to develop a novel method for amplifying viral RNA into large quantities of DNA suitable for processing into Illumina (or other) libraries without relying on PCR and primers that assume specific sequences are present within the sample. By avoiding the use of virus-specific primers, one can reduce the bias associated with this step and potentially amplify the entire 9709 base pair HIV genome with unprecedented levels of coverage."

Note: This study is using new genetic techniques to better understand how HIV becomes resistant to drugs.