I have sequencing data of a few samples of a DNA virus.

I'd like to learn de novo assembly of 'short read' data, to construct a scaffold and then count the abundance of each strain in the data.

I heard about SPAdes as a good choice for these kinds of very short genomes. and also BBmap for statistics related to contigs.

I new to de novo assembly could you also recommend introductory material? For example a full workflow post/paper on genome assembly.

I have some experience with RNA-seq and small RNA-seq data.

Note: I am seeking an overview and test data prior reading Spades and BBmap manuals. Thus I need to learn RNA-seq analysis rather than a aligner.

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    $\begingroup$ Discussed already at Biostars. $\endgroup$
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I would recommend a specific tool for viral meta genomics rather than using applying a general tool into a specific technical challenge. Here are the ones discussed on Bioinfo SE for de novo metagenomic assembly tested/being applied to viruses. It is not an exclusive list and needs further discussion.

SAVAGE https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5411778/ Baaijens et al. De novo assembly of viral quasispecies using overlap graphs Genome Research 2017 May; 27: 835–848.

S-aligner https://www.biorxiv.org/content/biorxiv/early/2021/02/02/2021.02.02.429443.full.pdf Juanjo Bermúdez s-aligner: a greedy algorithm for non-greedy de novo genome assembly 2021 bioRχiv February: 1-7

Rey http://denovoassembler.sourceforge.net Sébastien Boisvert et al Genome Biology. 2012 13:R122, December


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