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Whose genome has been sequenced? Brassica napus

Brassicas napus, also known as oilseed rape, was formed more than 7000 years ago by allopolyploidy (chromosome doubling from to Brassicas species). Of course the genome mutated further and so it is known today that during this evolution some genes were preserved and further “improved” (e.g. oil biosynthesis genes), whereas others were lost over the […]

Whose Genome Has Been Sequenced? Belgica antarctica

Extreme conditions require extreme actions. And this is what the midge Belgica antarctica has done. The midge lives exclusively in the Antarctic and in order to survive shrinked its genome to the smallest possible size. As of today, this is the smallest insect genome that has been sequenced. Kelley et. al. now sequenced the genome […]

Whose genome has been sequenced? Aquila chrysaetos

Every day an unimaginable number of NGS data is generated. Anyhow the number of avian genomes that have been sequenced so far is still quite small (Doyle et al table 1). Doyle et. al added one more avian genome to this list – the “Golden Eagle” Aquila chrysaetos. What was sequenced? A male golden eagle […]

Whose genome has been sequenced? Nasuia deltocephalinicola

The human genome comprises more than 3 billion base pairs and builts up more than 20,000 protein coding genes. For genomes like this high-throughput sequencers, like the HiSeq 2000 are a revelation. In this article we talk about the smallest genome sequenced so far – here sequencing with the MiSeq is more than sufficient. The […]

Whose genome has been sequenced? Thunnus orientalis

Talking about sealife everyone knows how sharks or whales look like or how they behave. Sadly, I think little is known about tuna. Tuna is more or less only known as delicous meal. So it’s all the more pleasant to see that the recent de novo genome sequencing approach of Nakamuar et. al aim to […]

Whose genome has been sequenced? Emiliania huxleyi

Dressing up by pulling carbon dioxide out of the water – this is speciality of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi. Using carbon dioxide E. huxleyi makes microscopic disks of calcite, with which it clothes itself ( These carbon fixation makes up for ~ 20% of carbon fixation in some systems, which is really impressive. Read an […]

Whose genome has been sequenced? Anas platyrhynchos

Starting with a great deal of attention for the bird flu in 2005, nearly every year a potential Influenza epidemic is discussed in the media. This  leads to greater awareness for influenza research projects. A well suited research tool for influenza viruses are ducks. Ducks harbor nearly all hemagluttinin (HA) and neuraminidase subtypes and the […]

Whose Genome Has Been Sequenced? Theobroma Cacao L.

I suppose there is no human being on the planet not knowing chocolate. “The tropical Theobroma cacao tree has been cultivated for at least three thousand years. Its earliest documented use  is arount 1100 BC (” The latest de novo genome sequencing publication about a cacoa plant focusses on the Theobroma cacao L. Matina 1-6 […]

Whose Genome Has Been Sequenced? Hevea brasiliensis

All of us have at least once been doing experiments in the lab. And so everyone was confronted with latex gloves. And more and more of us developed a kind of latex allergy. According to Rahman et al. “these allergies are triggered by certain proteins present in Hevea-derived natural rubber (NR). […] Hevea brasiliensis (Willd.) […]

Whose Genome Has Been Sequenced? Latimera Chalumnae

The third de novo sequenced genome in our series Whose genome has been sequenced? is the “living fossil” Latimera chalumnae. The most difficult part for this de novo genome sequencing approach was to get enough starting material. The authors even reported that their first approach was to use the Sanger technology, but is simply was […]