The desert mouse (Pseudomys desertor), is an endemic Australian rodent that was once widespread. The species is now extinct in Victoria and critically endangered in New South Wales, although it still remains common in other parts of the Australian arid zone and dry savanna in Queensland.
DNA Zoo and the Oz Mammals Genomic Initiative, in collaboration with Museums Victoria, the University of Western Australia, and others, now announce the release of a chromosome-length genome assembly for this species, using Nanopore and Hi-C sequencing. This will provide a reference for future conservation genetics research.
Meet our furry friend the desert mouse who got the chromosome-length decode therapy @thednazoo with @nanopore + Hi-C. Collaborative effort @thednazoo @Dr_Parwinder @uwanews @OMGenomes @MVMammals @Museumvictoria @BioplatformsAus @PawseyCentre and more!https://t.co/JA4sXCMKqD— thednazoo (@thednazoo) July 30, 2020