Whale genome consortium(WGC) performed Minke Whale genome sequencing and bioinformatic analyses. The results are published in Nature Genetics, 24th Nov. 2013. This research was performed as part of the ‘Marine and Extreme Genome Research Center program’ supported by the Ministry of Land, Transport, and Maritime Affairs. This project was led by Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST KIOST) partnered with Genome Research Foundation (GRF) and TheragenEtex BiO Institute (TBI).
Minke is the most abundant baleen whale species on Earth and they are common around Korean peninsula. The whale is the largest mammal in 4.6 billion years of Earth's history and is known to have walked on land around 60 million years ago and has evolved from the ancestor of the order Artiodactyla (even-toed) including cows, pigs, and hippos. Deciphered completely, Minke whale genome contributed to understand the evolution of sea faring mammals on Earth.
Minke Whale Genome Project Data
Data are available at ftp://minkey.biodisk.org/minkey/
The Data include :
- Genome Sequence - Gene set - Raw reads - VCF, BAM files - Multiple alignments for Orthologous Gene Clusters - Multiple alignments for Single Amino acid Changes - Multiple alignments for Expanded Genes
NCBI whale data:
SRA090057 (DNA sequence)
SRA091100 (RNA sequence)
NCBI genome download link:
Nature Genetics Paper on this research work. 24th Nov. 2013
Minke whale genome and aquatic adaptation in cetaceans