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Beluga whale assembly and gene annotation

Assembly

The ASM228892v3 assembly was submitted by BC Cancer Agency on September 2019. The assembly is on scaffold level, consisting of 29,444 contigs assembled into 5,905 scaffolds. The N50 size is the length such that 50% of the assembled genome lies in blocks of the N50 size or longer. The N50 length for the contigs is 196,689 while the scaffold N50 is 31,183,418.

Gene annotation

The gene annotation process was carried out using a combination of protein-to-genome alignments, annotation mapping from a suitable reference species and RNA-seq alignments (where RNA-seq data with appropriate meta data were publicly available). For each candidate gene region, a selection process was applied to choose the most appropriate set of transcripts based on evolutionary distance, experimental evidence for the source data and quality of the alignments.
Small ncRNAs were obtained using a combination of BLAST and Infernal/RNAfold.
Pseudogenes were calculated by looking at genes with a large percentage of non-biological introns (introns of <10bp), where the gene was covered in repeats, or where the gene was single exon and evidence of a functional multi-exon paralog was found elsewhere in the genome.
lincRNAs were generated via RNA-seq data where no evidence of protein homology or protein domains could be found in the transcript.

In accordance with the Fort Lauderdale Agreement, please check the publication status of the genome/assembly before publishing any genome-wide analyses using these data.

More information

General information about this species can be found in Wikipedia.

Statistics

Summary

AssemblyASM228892v3, INSDC Assembly GCA_002288925.3, Aug 2019
Base Pairs2,362,774,659
Golden Path Length2,362,774,659
Annotation providerEnsembl
Annotation methodFull genebuild
Genebuild startedOct 2019
Genebuild releasedApr 2020
Genebuild last updated/patchedOct 2019
Database version100.3

Gene counts

Coding genes19,091
Non coding genes2,420
Small non coding genes2,002
Long non coding genes397
Misc non coding genes21
Pseudogenes484
Gene transcripts34,035

Other

Genscan gene predictions43,208

About this species

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