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Taenia asiatica

BioProject PRJEB532 | Data Source Wellcome Sanger Institute | Taxonomy ID 60517

About Taenia asiatica

The cestode Taenia asiatica, also known as Asian taenia or Asian tapeworm, is a parasite of humans and pigs that is thought to be restricted to Asia. Humans contract infection by eating eating raw or undercooked meat and this causes intestinal taeniasis which is usually asymptomatic.

There is 1 alternative genome project for Taenia asiatica available in WormBase ParaSite: PRJNA299871

Genome Assembly & Annotation


The draft genome assembly was produced by the Parasite Genomic group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in collaboration with Keeseon Eom (Department of Parasitology and Medical Research Institute, Parasite Resource Bank, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea) and Pete Olson (Natural History Museum, London) 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

AssemblyT_asiatica_South_Korea_0011_upd, GCA_900618005.1
StrainSouth Korea
Database VersionWBPS19
Genome Size135,977,618
Data SourceWellcome Sanger Institute
Annotation Version2014-06-50HGPpatch

Gene counts

Coding genes10,331
Gene transcripts10,331

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