Armadillo Genome Project
Image source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, John and Karen Hollingsworth
About the Project
The BCM-HGSC is sequencing the genome of the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus).
The low-coverage (2x) Sanger sequence of the armadillo was published as a part of the 29 mammals project (Nature). The Broad Institute produced the low-coverage assembly. The high-quality draft genome sequence was produced by the BCM-HGSC and is being prepared for publication.
DNA for the project was kindly provided by the Broad Institute.
The armadillo is a natural reservoir of leprosy that can be acquired by humans who handle or consume them. The armadillo is to study multiple births and delayed implantation of embryos - they usually produce identical quadruplets. Armadillos dig for food and shelter and eat a varied diet of invertebrates. They have a low body temperature and metabolic rate compared to most other placental mammals.
The project is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).
Access to the Data
All sequence reads are deposited in the NCBI trace archive as they are produced. Assemblies of contigs and scaffolds, as well as Blast access to the data will be made available here and at the relevant public databases as soon as they are produced.