General DNA and Next Generation Sequencing FAQ

Unless you are an experienced geneticist, you are likely to have some questions about the intricacies of DNA sequencing. In particular, the complex processes of PCR amplification and next generation sequencing. Read on for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about DNA and the next generation sequencing techniques and modalities that are driving the field of genetics into the future. What is DNA sequencing? As defined by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health, DNA sequencing is the process of determining the order of the four basic chemical building blocks (or "bases") of the DNA molecule. First modeled by the legendary research team of James Watson, Francis Crick, and J. Rosalind Franklin in the early 1950s, the double heli

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