The Daphnia magna Genome Sequencing Project
Welcome to the Daphnia magna Genome Annotation Project Wiki. The Daphnia Genomics Consortium seeks to involve researchers from around the globe. At its inception in 2002, a decision was made to initially focus most of the research efforts on the D. pulex complex, because of the broad set of genomic tools that were already being developed. Yet, this early plan included an understanding that a similar concerted effort would be devoted to the distantly related congener D. magna as soon as possible. Now is the time.
Arguably, research interest in D. magna is greater than for all other species of waterflea, mainly because of its important role in toxicological studies and in formulating regulations by environmental protection agencies. Over 100 years of testing how synthetic chemicals impact animal health using Daphnia has produced more than 7,000 research articles. Of the nearly 500,000 records in the ECOTOX database, D. magna represent 8% of all experimental data for aquatic organisms; it is the only aquatic organism among the top 25 test species that can be used inexpensively.
As part of the ongoing research activities of the Daphnia Genomics Consortium, this website helps coordinate the sequencing, assembly and annotation of the Daphnia magna genome sequence.
This project is an in-consortium, self-funded project. Additional support is provided by NIH award 5R24GM078274-02 "Daphnia Functional Genomics Resources". Coordination infrastructure for the Daphnia Genomics Consortium (DGC) is provided by the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics (CGB) at Indiana University, which is supported in part by the METACyt Initiative of Indiana University, funded in part through a major grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.