NEW YORK, April 27 - Celera said Friday it had completed its final assembly of the mouse genome, and has now begun annotating the assembled genome.

Celera's assembly, which it achieved using its whole genome shotgun method, provides 6x coverage for the 129X1/SvJ, DBA/2J, and A/J strains of mouse. This follows Celera's February announcement that it had executed an initial 5.5x assembly of the mouse genome.

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