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[Annelida] Untangling the Volcanic Earthworm Genome

Luís Cunha via annelida%40net.bio.net (by luisnevescunha from gmail.com)
Mon Apr 11 12:46:44 EST 2016


Dear Annelida colleagues,



We have taken an earthworm genome to the final round of the 2016 SMRT
Sequencing Grant Program “Explore your most interesting genome” supported
by PacBio.

The top five project finalists will be chosen during a voting campaign,
starting on the 11th of April. You can vote once per day up to the 1st of
May (please, bookmark the link if it makes it easier).

Vote at:



http://www.pacb.com/smrtgrant/



Personally, I do not agree with the votes counting system but is what it
takes for us to get an earthworm genome.



In the case of Pontoscolex genome is not the elected one, there will be a 2
nd stage where the project will go through a crowdsource funding campaign.



The *Pontoscolex corethrurus* lineage that we are proposing to sequence is
the one that became adapted to a very peculiar environment, a geothermal
field in the Azores Islands, literary living inside a volcanic crater. This
will be a unique opportunity to deliver a fascinating genome for the
scientific community and some insights into organismal adaptation to
extreme terrestrial environments.



See all the details, here:



https://experiment.com/projects/untangling-the-volcanic-earthworm-genome



Please, vote for the earthworm genome.



Crowdsource funding should start as soon as voting campaign finishes and we
welcome any donations!



Kind regards





Luis, Rafael, Dave, Pete and Sam

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