Upon the release of Gallus_gallus-5.0 (GCA_000002315.3), the GRC assumed responsibility for the continued curation of the chicken reference genome assembly from the International Chicken Genome Consortium. The assembly represents the Red Jungle Fowl strain, inbred line UCD001. All sequences in the assembly are derived from a single individual from this line, female "RJF #256". The assembly is a hybrid comprised primarily of WGS contigs, into which genomic clones have been integrated. Planned curation efforts are focused on selecting genomic clones (BACs) for sequencing and assembly, specifically from the CHORI-261 library, to fill known gaps and resolve assembly errors.
|Figure 1. Ideogram of Gallus_gallus-5.0 (GCA_000002315.3)|
Information about the current assembly and curation efforts is now available on the GRC website. An interactive interface (Figure 2) provides access to genome regions currently under review, while a series of issue pages provide details and mapping information for each of these regions, as well as a graphical view (Figure 3). For more information on these pages, see our previous blog posts on issue pages and the issue overview page.
|Figure 2: Overview of issues reported on the chicken reference genome assembly.|
|Figure 3: Example of page with issue-specific details|