In a letter published online in advance in Genome Biology this week, members of the International Crocodilian Genomes Working Group announce their intention to sequence and assemble the American alligator, saltwater crocodile, and Indian gharial genomes. "We anticipate data collection and initial analyses to be complete by June 2012, and we plan to submit the genome paper within one year of finalizing these initial analyses," the team writes.

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