Dolphin Genome Project

Image source: NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

About the Project

The BCM-HGSC has sequenced the genome of the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus).

The low-coverage (2x) Sanger sequence of the dolphin was published as a part of the 29 mammals project (Nature). The genome has been upgraded to a high quality draft sequence and was published with the killer whale and other marine mammals.

DNA for the project was kindly provided by Dr. Debbie Duffield, Portland State University. The DNA was obtained from a healthy female dolphin at the US Navy Marine Mammal Program.

The project is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Genomic Resources

Additional Resources

Learn more about the bottle nose dolphin