A haplotype-resolved genome assembly of the Nile rat facilitates exploration of the genetic basis of diabetes

Huishi Toh, Chentao Yang, Giulio Formenti, Kalpana Raja, Lily Yan, Alan Tracey, William Chow, Kerstin Howe, Lucie A. Bergeron, Guojie Zhang, Bettina Haase, Jacquelyn Mountcastle, Olivier Fedrigo, John Fogg, Bogdan Kirilenko, Chetan Munegowda, Michael Hiller, Aashish Jain, Daisuke Kihara, Arang Rhie, Adam M. Phillippy, Scott A. Swanson, Peng Jiang, Dennis O. Clegg, Erich D. Jarvis … & Yury V. Bukhman
Abstract Background The Nile rat (Avicanthis niloticus) is an important animal model because of its robust diurnal rhythm, a cone-rich retina, and a propensity to develop diet-induced diabetes without chemical or genetic modifications. A closer similarity to humans in these aspects, compared to the widely used Mus musculus and Rattus norvegicus models, holds the promise of better translation of research findings to the clinic. Results We report a 2.5 Gb, chromosome-level reference genome assembly with...
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