NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Clues to the genetics behind the unusual asymmetry found in flatfish are coming out of a new genome assembly and comparative genomic analysis of the Japanese flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus.

As reported today in Nature Genetics, an international team led by investigators in China, Germany, the US, and Portugal put together a genome assembly for the Japanese flounder that housed almost 22,000 predicted protein-coding genes.

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