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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), 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various steps, including contig assembly, scaffolding, gap-filling and error-correction (Helminth Genomes Consortium, unpublished).


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Trust Sanger Institute and WormBase, as part of the 50 Helminth Genomes Initiative (Helminth Genomes Consortium, unpublished). 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.

Assembly Statistics

AssemblyM_corti_Specht_Voge_v1_0_4, GCA_000951315.1
StrainSpecht & Voge 1965
Database VersionWBPS11
Genome Size117,181,740
Data SourceWellcome Sanger Institute
Annotation Version2014-06-50HGPpatch

Gene counts

Coding genes10,614
Gene transcripts10,614

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