Automated detection of ncRNAs in the draft genome sequence of a colonial tunicate: the carpet sea squirt Didemnum vexillum

  title={Automated detection of ncRNAs in the draft genome sequence of a colonial tunicate: the carpet sea squirt Didemnum vexillum},
  author={Cristian A Velandia-Huerto and Adriaan Gittenberger and Federico D. Brown and Peter F. Stadler and Clara Isabel Berm{\'u}dez-Santana},
  journal={BMC Genomics},
BackgroundThe colonial ascidian Didemnum vexillum, sea carpet squirt, is not only a key marine organism to study morphological ancestral patterns of chordates evolution but it is also of great ecological importance due to its status as a major invasive species. Non-coding RNAs, in particular microRNAs (miRNAs), are important regulatory genes that impact development and environmental adaptation. Beyond miRNAs, not much in known about tunicate ncRNAs.ResultsWe provide here a comprehensive… 
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