I have a de novo assembly, produced with w2rap-contigger (a forked version of Discovar DeNovo, made at the Earlham Institute) from a single PE library. The assembly is not great (N50 ~ 55 kb) but it's not totally useless for me.
I am fishing for contigs of interest, and I am getting some good results. However, I don't know whether the contigs of interest are from the same chromosome(s) or whether they are scattered about the genome.
I am in the process of applying for some money to do some 10x Genomics sequencing, but while I wait I want to make use of some old MiSeq PE data which has been sitting around gathering dust. The MiSeq reads were never good enough to produce a decent assembly on their own, but I thought it is conceivable that they could improve my existing assembly.
I want to provide the contigs from the existing assembly, plus the MiSeq PE reads, as input to an assembler and see if I can improve anything. Discovar DeNovo (and w2rap) are designed for a single library, so I doubt it would be sensible to use it again for this. I was considering SPAdes, as it can do hybrid assembly, but that would require specifying the existing contigs as PacBio or Nanopore reads - presumably there would be some kind of error-correction applied as a result of doing that, which sounds undesirable.
Has anyone got any clever ideas, or solid reasons why this would be a waste of my time?