Armadillo Genome Project

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About the Project

The BCM-HGSC has sequenced the genome of the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus).

The low-coverage (2x) Sanger sequence of the armadillo was published as a part of the 29 mammals project (Nature). The Broad Institute produced the low-coverage assembly. The high-quality(6x) Sanger draft genome sequence was produced by the BCM-HGSC and is being prepared for publication.

DNA for the project was kindly provided by the Broad Institute.

The armadillo is a natural reservoir of leprosy that can be acquired by humans who handle or consume them. The armadillo is used to study multiple births and delayed implantation of embryos - they usually produce identical quadruplets. Armadillos dig for food and shelter and eat a varied diet of invertebrates. They have a low body temperature and metabolic rate compared to most other placental mammals.

The project is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).

Genomic Resources

Additional Resources

Learn more about the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus)