I am a Biochemist that is unfamiliar with bioinformatic tools and new to academia as a whole.

I am currently using ILLUMINA PE DNA sequence data, which I trimmed (Trimmomatic), corrected (Rcorrector) and assembled (SPAdes). I am now interested in using the genetic sequences from my contigs to identify the original organism (I know it is a bacterium).

I have tried using ncbi's BLASTn on one of my contigs with default parameters, on nucleotide collection database. The contig length is about 360 000 bases long. I let the query run for 30 minutes before stopping, nothing came of it.

What would be the best way to go about doing this?

Edit: For context, these DNA sequences are from genetic material that was extracted from bacteria from a soil sample. Using selective growth environment, we assured the organisms are indeed bacteria (further tests were done to determine other characteristics but this is besides the point).

  • $\begingroup$ Did you use web interface BLASTn or local instalation? What was the library against which you run your query? How long was the contig? 30 minutes seems long. $\endgroup$ – BagiM Oct 6 at 7:28
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    $\begingroup$ Crossposted here bioinformatics.stackexchange.com/questions/14487/… $\endgroup$ – user438383 Oct 6 at 11:11
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    $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because it has been crossposted to another (more appropriate) SE site. It also seems to fit this sites criteria for "homework". $\endgroup$ – tyersome Oct 6 at 16:56
  • $\begingroup$ @tyersome Definitely Not homework. This is my first time using a StackExchange platform (other than StackOverflow), did not know of the "no cross-posting" rule. Thank you for letting me know. $\endgroup$ – Biochem Oct 7 at 3:14
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    $\begingroup$ One of the reasons for the "no-cross posting" rule is that members of one list may spend time and effort answering a question unaware that the question has already been answered on another list. $\endgroup$ – David Oct 8 at 15:15

I would suggest using a tool designed for this purpose such as GTDB-tk (slow but informative), mash (very fast but very reference-dependent), or something similar.

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