Newsletter 3 (Apr 2008)

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April, 2008
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  • Ixodes scapularis
    The genome of the blacklegged tick, a vector of Lyme disease, has been sequenced by the Broad Institute and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), and assembled by the latter into ~570,600 contigs and ~369,500 supercontigs. The assembly has an estimated 3.8X coverage of the genome and a total length of 1.8 Gb (including gaps). The contigs and supercontigs have been deposited in GenBank and are accessible at VectorBase.
  • Anopheles gambiae - M & S forms
    Two new molecular forms of Anopheles gambiae M and S, have been sequenced by the JCVI and the Washington University Genome Sequencing Center.
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    • Ixodes scapularis
      The genome of the blacklegged tick, a vector of Lyme disease, has been sequenced by the Broad Institute and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), and assembled by the latter into ~570,600 contigs and ~369,500 supercontigs. The assembly has an estimated 3.8X coverage of the genome and a total length of 1.8 Gb (including gaps). The contigs and supercontigs have been deposited in GenBank [project ABJB010000000], and are accessible at VectorBase.
      A first annotation of the assembly is being undertaken by JCVI and VectorBase, and a preview of preliminary gene models, together with a genome browser for the assembly, will be available shortly at VectorBase.
      Interested members of the community are invited to sign-up for the Ixodes mailing list. and help us produce the first gene set for any chelicerate.
    • Anopheles gambiae
        M & S forms
        Two new molecular forms of Anopheles gambiae M and S, have been sequenced by the JCVI and the Washington University Genome Sequencing Center. Both assemblies and are accessible in GenBank [projects ABKP00000000 (M) and ABKQ00000000 (S)] and will soon be available at VectorBase.
      • Manual annotation
        Three chromosome arms: 2L, 2R and X, are now fully manually annotated. The annotation for 2L is visible as a DAS track in ContigView and the 2R and X will be visible soon. This manual annotation will be incorporated in the next revisions of the An. gambiae gene set.
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