Contribution of Next-Generation Sequencing to Aquatic and Fish Virology.

Contribution of Next-Generation Sequencing to Aquatic and Fish Virology.

Intervirology. 2017 Jul 01;59(5-6):285-300

Authors: Nkili-Meyong AA, Bigarré L, Labouba I, Vallaeys T, Avarre JC, Berthet N

Abstract
The recent technological advances in nucleic acid sequencing, called next-generation sequencing (NGS), have revolutionized the field of genomics and have also influenced viral research. Aquatic viruses, and especially those infecting fish, have also greatly benefited from NGS technologies, which provide a huge amount of molecular information at a low cost in a relatively short period of time. Here, we review the use of the current high-throughput sequencing platforms with a special focus on the associated challenges (regarding sample preparation and bioinformatics) in their applications to the field of aquatic virology, especially for: (i) discovering novel viruses that may be associated with fish mortalities, (ii) elucidating the mechanisms of pathogenesis, and finally (iii) studying the molecular epidemiology of these pathogens.

PMID: 28668959 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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