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Genome sequencing and analysis of the Tasmanian devil and its transmissible cancer

Murchison, Elizabeth P.; Schulz-Trieglaff, Ole B.; Ning, Zemin; Alexandrov, Ludmil B.; Bauer, Markus J.; Fu, Beiyuan; Hims, Matthew; Ding, Zhihao; Ivakhno, Sergii; Stewart, Caitlin; Ng, Bee Ling; Alsop, Amber; Aken, Bronwen; Searle, Stephen M J


The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii), the largest marsupial carnivore, is endangered due to a transmissible facial cancer spread by direct transfer of living cancer cells through biting. Here we describe the sequencing, assembly, and annotation of the Tasmanian devil genome and whole-genome sequences for two geographically distant subclones of the cancer. Genomic analysis suggests that the cancer first arose from a female Tasmanian devil and that the clone has subsequently genetically...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Cell
DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2011.11.065


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