Kudos to Heng Li and team at the Sanger Center. Today Genome Research published their paper on Maq. Maq (Mapping and Assembly with Quality) is an algorithm, developed at the Sanger Center, for assembling Next Gen reads to a reference sequence. MassGenomics sums up why they like Maq and we could not agree more. I also agree that Maq is better name name than mapASS.
One of the things we like best is how versatile the program is for Next Gen applications. Whether you are performing Tag Profiling, ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq (transcriptome analysis) resequencing, or other applications, its output contains a wide variety of useful information as we will show in coming posts. If you want to know right now, give us a call and we'll show you why Geospiza, Sanger, Washington University and many others think Maq is a great place to start working with Next Gen data.