Low coverage sequencing of two Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) genomes

Akbar Dastjerdi, Christelle Robert, Mick Watson

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Abstract

There are three species of elephant that exist, the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) and two species of African elephant (Loxodonta africana and Loxodonta cyclotis). The populations of all three species are dwindling, and are under threat due to factors, such as habitat destruction and ivory hunting. The species differ in many respects, including in their morphology and response to disease. The availability of elephant genome sequence data from all three elephant species will complement studies of behaviour, genetic diversity, evolution and disease resistance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12
JournalGigaScience
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2014

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