In the time when DNA sequencing is cheap, sequencing a genome doesn’t make much noise (except if it is a BigFoot genome). But still, a number of interesting species/genomes got sequenced this year and made it to the public. Even in the era where we can sequence everything for cheap, the sequenced whole genomes are of a great resource and help us improve our understanding genome evolution. In addition to the sequences, these genomes also gave us interesting Venn diagrams and pig walking plots.
Here is the (incomplete) list of species that “Got Sequenced” and made it to the big league in the year 2012. The sequenced species/range from tiny leech to extinct Denisovan.
- Gorilla: Insights into hominid evolution from the gorilla genome sequence
- Tomato: The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution
- Bonobo, the Ape: The bonobo genome compared with the chimpanzee and human genomes
- Denisovan: A High-Coverage Genome Sequence from an Archaic Denisovan Individual
- Banana: The banana (Musa acuminata) genome and the evolution of monocotyledonous plants
- Rice: A map of rice genome variation reveals the origin of cultivated rice
- Pig: Analyses of pig genomes provide insight into porcine demography and evolution
- Bread Wheat: Analysis of the bread wheat genome using whole-genome shotgun sequencing
- Oyster: The oyster genome reveals stress adaptation and complexity of shell formation
- Owl limpet, a marine polychaete and a freshwater leech: Insights into bilaterian evolution from three spiralian genomes
- Bat Comparative Analysis of Bat Genomes Provides Insight into the Evolution of Flight and Immunity