The Tuatara genome

By Razib Khan | June 17, 2013 2:26 am

Credit: Benchill

The whole “genome paper” genre is probably in decline now, as sequencing is so easy that there is little value in just throwing out data with no questions attached. That being said I think the new project to sequence the Tuatara genome is pretty worthwhile. The reason is evident to the right, as this lineage represents an outgroup to many other reptiles. Not only that, but there is now dedicated blog devoted to the project. It’s nice to see science which aims to be out in the open. I wish the project the best of luck, and I’ll definitely be keeping and eye out for this particular “genome paper.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Chad

    An unfortunate side effect of the ease of sequencing and the decline of the genome paper is that the quality of many genome assemblies has also declined.


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