Pre! sites have been released for three species: Comorese coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae), pig (Sus scrofa) and Chinese hamster (Cricetulus griseus).
The Comorese coelacanth assembly LatCha1, provided by the Broad Institute, is in the process of full automatic gene annotation. This interesting fish species is a member of the lobe-finned fishes, which were thought to be extinct since the Late Cretaceous period. The first living specimen was discovered off the east shores of South Africa in 1938. The coelacanth is an important outgroup to tetrapods. Click here to go to the coelacanth Pre site, where you can view coelacanth protein and cDNA alignments, as well as alignments from the Ensembl release 64 human, stickleback and zebrafish translations.
The pig assembly Sscrofa10.2, provided by the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium, is in the process of full automatic gene annotation that will include RNAseq data. The pig is important not only for pork production but also as an important model organism as it enables research into human health issues such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and immunity. Click here to go to the pig Pre site, where you can view pig protein, cDNA and EST alignments as well as alignments from the Ensembl release 64 human and pig translations.
The Chinese hamster assembly CriGro_1.0 is provided by the BGI and published here. The Chinese hamster Ovary (CHO) K1 cell line is widely used for the production of biopharmaceutical proteins. There are currently no plans to progress to full genome annotation for this assembly. Click here to go to the Chinese hamster Pre site.