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Wallaby Genome Project

Tammar wallaby, Macropus eugenii eugenii, at Innes National Park, South Australia. This is the reintroduced subspecies that is listed as extinct in the wild.
Image source: Peterdownunder (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

About the Project

The BCM-HGSC is sequencing the genome of the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii) as part of the Tammar Wallaby Genome Sequencing Consortium, a collaboration between the BCM-HGSC and the Australian Genome Research Facility Ltd. (AGRF).

The goal of the project is to produce a two-fold coverage draft sequence by whole genome shotgun sequencing. The project will expand existing wallaby genetic resources and explore the unique biological features of this marsupial, centered on reproduction, fertility, seasonal breeding, pregnancy, lactation, sex determination and differentiation.

DNA for construction of WGS libraries was isolated from a female wallaby lung (from AGRF). A male tammar wallaby BAC library was made at the Arizona Genomics Institute. There has been a great deal of interaction and visits between the BCM-HGSC and AGRF teams from the outset, including exchange of protocols and reagents. An initial low-coverage assembly is available.

The Tammar wallaby genome project is funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Australian Genome Research Facility Ltd. (AGRF), The Victorian State Government, and the Brockhoff Foundation.

Genomic Resources

Access to the data

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