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November 26, 2014


A New Annotation of the Penaeus vannamei Genome


A substantially improved functional annotation [updates and additions] of the Penaeus vannamei genome has been produced by a team led by researchers at CIAD in Hermosillo, Mexico, and Texas A&M University in the USA.  The data has been made freely accessible to the shrimp research and mariculture communities at


The work is described in an article entitled Novel Transcriptome Assembly and Improved Annotation of the Whiteleg Shrimp (Litopenaeus Vannamei), a Dominant Crustacean in Global Seafood Mariculture set to be published online in the Nature Publishing Group’s Scientific Report.


The project was funded by INAPESCA and CONACYT of Mexico, the USDA via Formula Animal Health funds, Texas A&M and Agrilife Research. Study co-authors include Noushin Ghaffari, Alejandro Sanchez-Flores, Ryan Doan, Karina D. Garcia-Orozco, Patricia L. Chen, Adrian Ochoa-Leyva, Alonso A. Lopez-Zavala, J. Salvador Carrasco, Chris Hong, Luis G. Brieba, Enrique Rudiño-Piñera, Philip D. Blood, Jason E. Sawyer, Charles D. Johnson, Scott V. Dindot, Rogerio R. Sotelo-Mundo and Michael F. Criscitiello


Information: Mike Criscitiello, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Mailstop 4467, Veterinary Pathobiology, College Station, Texas 77843, USA (email, webpage


Source: Email to Shrimp News International.  Subject: High Quality Annotated Transcriptome of Whiteleg Shrimp Litopenaeus Vannamei.  Mike Criscitiello.  November 25, 2014.

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