In collaboration with BGI-Shenzhen, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, and Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, the lab published a manuscript on the de novo assembly of the genome and transcriptome of the Mongolian gerbil on Bioarchives. Gerbils are one of the most important animal models for auditory research because their hearing spectrum, especially low frequency hearing spectrum, matches the spectrum of humans much closer than rats or mice. However, in the past, a major disadvantage of gerbils has been that their genome had not been sequenced, limiting our ability to use genetic tools. The main goal of the sequencing project is to overcome this disadvantage.
De novo assembly of the Mongolian gerbil genome and transcriptome:
Shifeng Cheng, Yuan Fu, Yaolei Zhang, Wenfei Xian, Hongli Wang, Benedikt Grothe, Xin Lu, Xun Xu, Achim Klug, Elizabeth A McCullagh. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/522516