Geophilimorph Centipede Genome Project
Image source: Dr. Carlo Brena,
University of Cambridge
About the project
The BCM-HGSC is sequencing the genome of the Geophilimorph centipede (Strigamia maritima). This is a collaboration with Dr. Michael Akam at the University of Cambridge. This work is part of the Ecdysozoa white paper, and is funded by the NHGRI.
The myrapods are likely a sister group to the insects and crustaceans. Centipedes are carnivores and venomous. S. maritima is a model for segmentation with variation in the number of segments with and between populations.
As a Geophilimorph centipede, female Strigamia guard their eggs.
We have produced 15X genome sequence coverage in 454 fragment technology and 30X linking coverage in 3 and 8kb pe libraries and have generated an assembly.
Access to the Data
Smar_1.0, the first version of the Strigamia maritima assembly is available for download here. The assembly is described in detail in the README file in the same directory.