Shredding (disassembling genomic data)

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Shredding refers to the process in bioinformatics of taking assembled sequences and disassembling them into short sequences of usually 500 to 750 base pairs (bp). This is generally done for the purpose of taking the short shredded sequences and reapplying various analysis and bioinformatic techniques.

Human Genome Project[edit]

The process of shredding was used successfully several times during the analysis phase of the human genome project.[1]


  1. ^ Venter, C. The sequence of the human genome. Science. Vol 291.16 Feb, 2001.