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Hymenolepis diminuta

BioProject PRJEB507 | Data Source Wellcome Sanger Institute | Taxonomy ID 6216

About Hymenolepis diminuta

The cestode Hymenolepis diminuta, or rat tapeworm, is a worldwide parasite of rats that causes hymenolepiasis in mammals using insects as intermediate hosts.

There is 1 alternative genome project for Hymenolepis diminuta available in WormBase ParaSite: PRJEB30942

Genome Assembly & Annotation


The draft genome assembly was produced by the Parasite Genomic group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in collaboration with Pete Olson (Natural History Museum, London) as part of the 50 Helminth Genomes project.using Illumina paired-end sequencing followed by an in-house genome assembly pipeline comprising various steps, including contig assembly, scaffolding, gap-filling and error-correction.


The gene predictions were made by the Parasite Genomics group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and WormBase, as part of the 50 Helminth Genomes project. An in-house pipeline was developed that used MAKER to generate high-quality annotations by integrating evidence from multiple sources: ab initio gene predictions from AUGUSTUS, GeneMark-ES, and SNAP; projected annotation from C. elegans (using GenBlastG) and the taxonomically nearest reference helminth genome (using RATT); and ESTs, mRNAs and proteins from related organisms aligned to the genome using BLAST, with refinement of alignments using Exonerate.

Key Publications

Assembly Statistics

AssemblyH_diminuta_Denmark_0011_upd, GCA_900618445.1
Database VersionWBPS19
Genome Size165,878,914
Data SourceWellcome Sanger Institute
Annotation Version2014-06-50HGPpatch

Gene counts

Coding genes11,271
Gene transcripts11,271

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