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A. Gossypii Sequenced; Smallest Genome of Free-Living Eukaryote To Date

NEW YORK, April 12 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers led by a team at the University of Basel in Switzerland have sequenced and analyzed the genome of Ashbya gossypii, a filamentous ascomycete. They reported their findings in last week's Science.


The 9.2 megabase genome, with fewer than 5,000 protein-coding genes, is the smallest of a free-living eukaryote yet characterized. More than 90 percent of A. gossypii's genes show homology to S. cerevisiae's genes.

The Scan

Mosquitos Genetically Modified to Prevent Malaria Spread

A gene drive approach could be used to render mosquitos unable to spread malaria, researchers report in Science Advances.

Gut Microbiomes Allow Bears to Grow to Similar Sizes Despite Differing Diets

Researchers in Scientific Reports find that the makeup of brown bears' gut microbiomes allows them to reach similar sizes even when feasting on different foods.

Finding Safe Harbor in the Human Genome

In Genome Biology, researchers present a new approach to identify genomic safe harbors where transgenes can be expressed without affecting host cell function.

New Data Point to Nuanced Relationship Between Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder

Lund University researchers in JAMA Psychiatry uncover overlapping genetic liabilities for major depression and bipolar disorder.