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The Genome of the Northern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni)

Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6, Canada
Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada
Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
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Genes 2017, 8(12), 379;
Received: 12 September 2017 / Revised: 28 November 2017 / Accepted: 1 December 2017 / Published: 11 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Technologies and Resources for Genetics)
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The northern sea otter inhabits coastal waters of the northern Pacific Ocean and is the largest member of the Mustelidae family. DNA sequencing methods that utilize microfluidic partitioned and non-partitioned library construction were used to establish the sea otter genome. The final assembly provided 2.426 Gbp of highly contiguous assembled genomic sequences with a scaffold N50 length of over 38 Mbp. We generated transcriptome data derived from a lymphoma to aid in the determination of functional elements. The assembled genome sequence and underlying sequence data are available at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) under the BioProject accession number PRJNA388419. View Full-Text
Keywords: genome; genome assembly; northern sea otter; Enhyrda lutris kenyoni; Mustelidae genome; genome assembly; northern sea otter; Enhyrda lutris kenyoni; Mustelidae

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Jones, S.J.; Haulena, M.; Taylor, G.A.; Chan, S.; Bilobram, S.; Warren, R.L.; Hammond, S.A.; Mungall, K.L.; Choo, C.; Kirk, H.; Pandoh, P.; Ally, A.; Dhalla, N.; Tam, A.K.Y.; Troussard, A.; Paulino, D.; Coope, R.J.N.; Mungall, A.J.; Moore, R.; Zhao, Y.; Birol, I.; Ma, Y.; Marra, M.; Jones, S.J.M. The Genome of the Northern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni). Genes 2017, 8, 379.

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