Researchers from China and the US describe genetic variants they identified in the genome of the pig, Sus scrofa, using new genomes assembled de novo for nine female pigs from European and Chinese breeds. When the team analyzed the assemblies alongside the pig reference genome, it picked up more than 137 million bases of new sequence, coding for 1,737 protein-coding genes not annotate in the original assembly.

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