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Takifugu rubripes (puffer fish) and Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) now available on the UCSC Genome Browser

Thursday, October 16, 2003

Takifugu rubripes (puffer fish) and Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) have joined the ranks of genome assemblies available from the UCSC Genome Browser.

Why the puffer fish' In contrast to other vertebrates sequenced so far, the puffer fish genome is unusually compact, making it useful in gene discovery and in the identification and characterization of elements that regulate genes in other genomes. As such, it serves an important role in the exploration of the human genome.

The data for the puffer fish assembly was provided by the US DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) as part of the International Fugu Genome Consortium.

The fruit fly has been the subject of intensive study in genetics for nearly a century and remains a major model organism in biomedical research, population biology and evolution.

Data for the fruit fly assembly came from the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project. This virtually gap-free sequence has an error rate of less than 0.01%.