The major advantage of SMRT sequencing over other technologies is the long read-length. Other major benefits of the platform, such as improved de novo assembly and detection of structural variation are derived from this advantage. With more and more evidence pointing to the importance of structural variation between different genomes, PacBio’s long reads put it in a unique market position.
Metagenomics is a very broad field that can often be summarized down to the analysis of a microbiome. These microbiomes are all around and inside us. They’re in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
The advent of next-generation sequencing has revolutionized biology and many other fields. Sequencing is now used to develop new drugs, understand personal ancestry and predisposition to certain diseases, improve yields in agriculture, find new oil fields, and in many other areas. DNA sequencing is becoming as indispensable as computing in many industries.