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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 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

AssemblyM_corti_Specht_Voge_0011_upd, GCA_900604375.1
StrainSpecht & Voge 1965
Database VersionWBPS13
Genome Size117,181,740
Data SourceWellcome Sanger Institute
Annotation Version2014-06-50HGPpatch

Gene counts

Coding genes10,614
Gene transcripts10,614

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