Long read sequencing has a substantial advantage for structural variant discovery and phasing of variants compared to short-read technologies, but the required and optimal read length has not been assessed. In this work, we used simulated long reads and evaluated structural variant discovery and variant phasing using current best practice bioinformatics methods. We determined that optimal discovery of structural variants from human genomes can be obtained with reads of minimally 15 kbp. Haplotyping genes entirely only reaches its optimum from reads of 100 kbp. These findings are important for the design of future long read sequencing projects.
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