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NHGRI Unveils Rhesus Macaque Genome Sequence

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers have made publicly available a draft genome sequence of the rhesus macaque, the National Human Genome Research Institute announced today.


The rhesus macaque is the second non-human primate, after the chimpanzee, to have its genome sequenced.


Teams at Baylor College of Medicine, Washington University, and the Venter Institute carried out independent assemblies of the data using samples from a female rhesus macaque at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio. The assemblies were then joined into a single high-density melded assembly. It covers 93 percent of the rhesus genome.


The sequencing took two years to complete and cost about $22 million, said NHGRI in a statement.


The sequence is available here.

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