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Water vole genome will help boost conservation of one of UK’s most endangered mammals

Source: sanger.ac.uk

The water vole genome is published as part of the Darwin Tree of Life Project to assemble the genomes of 70,000 animal, plant, fungal and protist species across Britain and Ireland

A new tool to help conserve one of the UK’s most threatened mammals has been released today, with the publication of the first high-quality reference genome for the European water vole. The genome was generated by scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, in collaboration with animal conservation charity the Wildwood Trust, as part of the Darwin Tree of Life Project.

The genome, published 24 June through Wellcome Open Research, is openly available as a reference for researchers seeking to assess water vole population genetics, better understand how the species has evolved and to manage reintroduction efforts. MORE

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