Finding Nemo’s genes: reef fish genome mapped and shared

20 May, 2018

​The genome of the orange clownfish, immortalized in the film Finding Nemo, has been deciphered, giving researchers the most detailed information so far on reef fish genomics.

“The nemo genome is composed of 24 chromosomes. We were able to sequence about 97 percent of the underlying genome sequence and then place about 98 percent of that sequence into the 24 chromosomes of the species,” says computational biologist, Robert Lehman. “By any measure, that is a remarkable effort and represents a very complete genome assembly.”

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Image: Orange clownfish live among sea anemones, providing them with oxygen and nutrients while gaining shelter from predators.
© 2018 Tane Sinclair-Taylor