Biology Faculty Articles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Publication Title

GigaScience

Keywords

Puerto Rican parrot, Whole-genome sequencing, Genomics, Conservation, Education, Funding

ISSN

2047-217X

Volume

1

Issue/No.

13

First Page

1

Last Page

4

Abstract

A unique community-funded project in Puerto Rico has launched whole-genome sequencing of the critically endangered Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata), with interpretation by genome bioinformaticians and students, and deposition into public online databases. This is the first article that focuses on the whole genome of a parrot species, one endemic to the USA and recently threatened with extinction. It provides invaluable conservation tools and a vivid example of hopeful prospects for future genome assessment of so many new species. It also demonstrates inventive ways for smaller institutions to contribute to a field largely considered the domain of large sequencing centers.

Comments

©O’Brien; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012

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ORCID ID

0000-0001-7353-8301

ResearcherID

N-1726-2015

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