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An updated reference genome assembly for the rhesus macaque, the most widely used non-human primate (NHP) model in biomedical research, is reported in Science this week. An international team that included scientists from the University of Washington and the University of Missouri sequenced and assembled the genome of a female rhesus macaque of Indian origin using a variety of approaches including long-read sequencing, extensive manual curation, and experimental validation.

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