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The scientists sequenced the genome of Strigamia maritima, a northern European centipede, as part of a study published in the journal PLOS Biology. This study improves knowledge of the evolution and diversification of the mandibulate arthropods.
Fifty-two research institutions around the world, led by the experts Ariel D. Chipman, David E.K. Ferrier and Michael Akam, as part of a consortium with Roderic Guigó, professor of genetics at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (CEXS), Marco Mariotti, a member of the Bioinformatics research team at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), a UPF-affiliated centre, as well as researchers at the University of Barcelona.
An unusual species as a model for the study. S. maritima is the first myriapod for which the genome has been sequenced. It is part of one of the five arthropod subphyla, with Hexapods (including insects), crustaceans, and the quelicerats and trilobites (which are extinct). This particular organism is an unusual species, as it has no eyes and hatches with a full set of adult segments.
Akam, M.; Almeida, F. C.; Chipman, A. D.; Ferrier, D. E. K.; Rozas, J.; Sánchez Gracia, A., et al. «The first myriapod genome sequence reveals conservative arthropod gene content and genome organisation in the centipede Strigamia maritima». PLOS Biology, novembre de 2014. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.100200