NESS ZIONA, Israel and CHIBA, Japan, November 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NRGene, a globally recognized leader in genomic analysis, is the first ever to assemble the complex genome of a commercially grown strawberry. Most plant, animal, and human genomes are diploid - containing two variants from each gene. The strawberry genome contains eight nearly identical copies of each gene, making the accurate phasing of each something that has never been done before - until NRGene's DeNovoMAGIC TM 3.0. The octoploid, heterozygous strawberry genome was assembled using reads produced on Illumina sequencing technology and assembled by NRGene's cloud-based DeNovoMAGIC TM 3.0 software package in only two weeks. "It's exciting to see how NRGene's analysis, combined with data from Illumina sequencers, can be used to quickly and affordably assemble complex genomes, like that of the strawberry," said Ryan Rapp, Associate Director, Agrigenomics for Illumina. "We hope that this technology will make genomics accessible to agricultural researchers worldwide, helping to improve the food supply to make it more sustainable and efficient." NRGene's DeNovoMAGICTM 3.0 delivers complete, highly accurate genome assemblies in the form of long, phased sequences using Illumina-based reads. As more genomes are generated, NRGene's PanMAGICTM is used to compare the complete genome sequences of multiple individual samples to capture the broad genomic diversity, better pinpointing positive traits across all varieties.