Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Bounty of Wolbachia genomes, 179 to be exact

A quick post to make symbiont researchers aware that the Bergman Lab has assembled 179 Wolbachia genomes from Drosophila melanogaster (open access at their blog) as part of the massive, resequencing efforts of the fly model. Bergman et al. used their genomics chops to pull out and assemble nearly complete genomes of Wolbachia from the mixture of DNA extracted from the fly sequencing.

According to a surely outdated top 50 list of sequenced bacterial genomes from a year ago that I quickly googled, this Herculean effort would make Wolbachia roughly the most sequenced genome in the Bacterial world if you just count available genomes that we can get our hands on, not ones that are in progress.

  •  179 Wolbachia + about ten others
  •  173 Escherichia coli
  •  82 Salmonella enterica
  •  78 Staphylococcus aureus

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