Sequencing technology has changed dramatically over the past several years and there are currently several methods to obtain genomic data. Our research for this project focuses on Illumina based methods. Analyzing whole genome sequences provides a much richer and nuanced understanding of the individuals and populations than what could be obtained with previous methods that focused on analyzing only a few regions of the genome.
Watch this video from iBiology Techniques for an overview of different sequencing techniques.NGS Overview Video
For a more in depth look into the specific type of sequencing we use on this project, watch this video from iBiology Techniques about preparing samples for Illumina sequencing. Illumina Seq Video