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Contig Assembly

  1. Simon G Gregory

Published Online: 23 SEP 2005

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0005365



How to Cite

Gregory, S. G. 2005. Contig Assembly. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 SEP 2005


The generation of a contig, by overlapping consensus segments within a region of deoxyribonucleic acid, can facilitate the identification of genes and provide the basis for structural and functional analyses. Contigs can be constructed in a directed approach using region-specific markers or by whole-genome analysis.


  • contig;
  • restriction mapping;
  • bacterial artificial chromosome;
  • cosmid, P1-derived artificial chromosome, yeast artificial chromosome, sequence tagged site