Kangaroo Rat Genome Project
About the Project
The BCM-HGSC is sequencing the genome of the Ord’s kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ordii). The Ord’s kangaroo rat is primarily a seed eater that inhabits semiarid open grass habitats.
The low-coverage (2x) Sanger sequence of the kangaroo rat was published as a part of the 29 mammals project (Nature). The Broad Institute produced the low coverage assembly. The genome sequence is in the process of being upgraded by the BCM-HGSC to a high quality draft sequence using the Illumina technology.
The tissue samples used for this 2X sequencing project were kindly provided by Jim Patton at the University of California, Berkeley.
The comparative genomic sequencing effort is aimed at identifying functional elements that are conserved.
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.