Kangaroo Genome Sequencing Project

Kangaroo Genome sequencing project

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The wallaby genome sequencing project is a multimillion dollar project jointly funded by the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health, in the US), the Victorian Government and Applied Biosystems. The project aims to complete a 2x coverage of the whole wallaby genome, and started in 2004. The sequencing is being conducted at both the AGRF and the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. The first sequence data from the project was released in March 2006 and the full sequence will be ready for assembly and annotation in 2007.

Further Reading and Links

“The Kangaroo Genome – Australia’s secret weapon” by Jennifer Marshall Graves and Elizabeth Kuczek