In a new paper published in Nucleic Acids Research, a team led by Ludwig Oxford’s Chunxiao Song reported a method for whole-genome long-read sequencing using TAPS (for Tet-assisted pyridine borane sequencing), the method his and Benjamin Schuster-Böckler’s groups published in 2019 for the detection of cytosine methylation and hydroxymethylation. Unlike other DNA methylation sequencing methods, TAPS does not rely on the harsh chemical bisulphite, which degrades a lot of the DNA sample. This has allowed Song’s group to adapt the method for applications such as liquid biopsies. Long-read sequencing, meanwhile, permits the mapping of repetitive and complex genomic regions, which can reveal new information about the genome. Chunxiao and his team show that whole-genome long-read TAPS uncovered many sites of methylation that were not present in data from short-read TAPS. The method also enabled the detection of allele-specific methylation in imprinting genes.
Read the study: Whole-genome long-read TAPS deciphers DNA methylation patterns at base resolution using PacBio SMRT sequencing technology, Nucleic Acids Research, 2022 July 18
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