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Mesocestoides corti

BioProject PRJEB510 | Data Source Wellcome Sanger Institute | Taxonomy ID 53468

About Mesocestoides corti

The cestode Mesocestoides corti is a parasite of mice. Cats and dogs are usually infected with the larval stages acquired from ingestion of birds and other small mammals.

Genome Assembly & Annotation


The draft genome assembly was produced by the Parasite Genomic group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in collaboration with Estela Castillo (Seccion Bioquimica-Facultad de Ciencias-UDELAR- Montevideo- Uruguay) as part of the 50 Helminth Genomes project. The assembly uses 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 original 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.

In June 2019 the predictions were improved by Alicia Costábile using MAKER and incorporating additional evidence from RNASeq data, as described in Costábile et al (2018). 8367 original genes were updated and given new identifiers, and remaining 1311 gene models from the original annotation which were no longer predicted given new evidence and methodology were preserved unchanged. The update also contains 5076 new genes not present in the original annotation.

Key Publications

Assembly Statistics

AssemblyM_corti_Specht_Voge_0011_upd, GCA_900604375.1
StrainSpecht & Voge 1965
Database VersionWBPS19
Genome Size117,181,740
Data SourceWellcome Sanger Institute
Annotation Version2019-06-WormBase

Gene counts

Coding genes14,704
Non coding genes50
Small non coding genes50
Gene transcripts22,265

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