All Creatures Great and Small: Sequencing the Blue Whale and Etruscan Shrew Genomes

Size doesn’t matter when it comes to genome sequencing in the animal kingdom, as a team of researchers at the Morgridge Institute for Research recently illustrated when assembling the sequences for two new reference genomes — one from the world’s largest mammal and one from one of the smallest. (Credit: University of Wisconsin–Madison).

Size doesn’t matter when it comes to genome sequencing in the animal kingdom, as a team of researchers at the Morgridge Institute for Research recently illustrated when assembling the sequences for two new reference genomes — one from the world’s largest mammal and one from one of the smallest. The blue whale genome was published in Molecular Biology and Evolution, and the Etruscan shrew genome was published in Scientific Data. The blue whale open-access article was published February 20, 2024 and is titled A High-Quality Blue Whale Genome, Segmental Duplications, and Historical Demography.” The shrew genome open-access article was published February 7, 2024 and is titled “Chromosome Level Genome Assembly of the Etruscan Shrew Suncus etruscus.”

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