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      Cost-reduction strategies in massive genomics experiments

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          Many modern biology studies require deep, whole-genome sequencing of hundreds to thousands of samples. Although per-sample costs have dramatically decreased, the total budget for such massive genome sequencing constitutes a significant barrier for poorly funded labs. The costly lab tools required for genomics experiments further hinder such studies. Here, we share two strategies for extensively reducing the costs of massive genomics experiments, including miniaturization of the NEBNext Ultra II FS DNA Library Prep Kit for Illumina (reducing the per-sample total costs to ∼ 1/6 of that charged by service providers) and in-lab 3D model-designing of genomics tools. These strategies not only dramatically release funding pressure for labs, but also provide students with additional training in hands-on genomics and 3D-model-designing skills, demonstrating the high potential for their application in genomics experiments and science education.

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          Journal
          MLST
          Marine Life Science & Technology
          Springer (China )
          2096-6490
          2662-1746
          01 November 2019
          05 November 2019
          : 1
          : 1
          : xx
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          1Institute of Evolution and Marine Biodiversity, KLMME, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266003, China
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          *Corresponding author: Hongan Long, E-mail: longhongan@ 123456ouc.edu.cn

          Haichao Li and Kun Wu contributed equally to this work.

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          s42995-019-00013-2
          10.1007/s42995-019-00013-2
          © 2019 The Author(s)

          This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/.

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