Sea Urchin Genome Project
The Sea Urchin Genome Project web site comprises a set of research materials and information assembled to support genome level activities in the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus and allied species which are currently used as research models in developmental biology, cell biology, gene regulation molecular biology, evolutionary biology, metabolic biochemistry and marine biology. All curated sequences are posted to Genbank at NCBI. However, we do maintain a searchable database of cDNA and BAC genomic library clones maintained by the Sea Urchin Genome Project (see below).
The Sea Urchin Genome Project has reached a milestone this year. A genome assembly has been posted on the Baylor College of Medicine, Human Genome Sequencing Center Sea Urchin web site. Also the assembly and the Gnomon predicted gene models are available at the NCBI web site.
There are still several useful functions on this website. The most information rich one is the database of sequences derived from clone in our cDNA and genomic BAC libraries. Library locations may be included in NCBI headers but we maintain a simple link between curated sequence and library well locations.
The effort to sequence the whole purple sea urchin genome is a cooperative one that includes contributions from the Sea Urchin Genome Facility here at the Center for Computational Regulatory Genomics, Beckman Institute and support from the Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The sequencing is being done at the Baylor College of Medicine, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Houston, Texas. Funding was approved based on an initiative submitted by the Sea Urchin Genome Advisory Committee. The constitution of the committee and the rationale for this effort are available here.