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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 sequenced 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 genome sequence and analysis was published in 2011.

The low coverage draft sequence expanded existing wallaby genetic resources and fostered exploration of 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 was 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

Related Publications

Transcriptomic analysis supports similar functional roles for the two thymuses of the tammar wallaby., Wong, Emily S. W., Papenfuss Anthony T., Heger Andreas, Hsu Arthur L., Ponting Chris P., Miller Robert D., Fenelon Jane C., Renfree Marilyn B., Gibbs Richard A., and Belov Katherine , BMC genomics, 2011, Volume 12, p.420, (2011) Abstract
Genome sequence of an Australian kangaroo, Macropus eugenii, provides insight into the evolution of mammalian reproduction and development., Renfree, Marilyn B., Papenfuss Anthony T., Deakin Janine E., Lindsay James, Heider Thomas, Belov Katherine, Rens Willem, Waters Paul D., Pharo Elizabeth A., Shaw Geoff, et al. , Genome biology, 2011, Volume 12, Issue 8, p.R81, (2011) Abstract
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