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This is not a drill

Mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) are primates from equatorial Africa. They are exceptionally colorful, perhaps more so than any other mammal. The bright blue colors on the male mandrill's face are produced from light refraction in collagen fibers, an example of structural coloration. Mandrills are also the largest of all monkeys! The mandrill is classified as vulnerable by IUCN.

This week, we revisited the draft genome assembly from (Yin, Yan et al., bioRxiv, 2018), from a team led by Karsten Kristiansen at the University of Copenhagen. We've now upgraded the genome to include chromosome-length scaffolds. We thank Houston Zoo for providing us with a sample used for Hi-C library preparation!

See below our usual analysis to compare how the 21 chromosomes in the new mandrill genome assembly relate to those of the mandrill’s close relative, the human.

Whole genome alignment between the current best human genome reference, GRCh38 (hg38), and GBI_mandrill_1.0_HiC, the upgraded mandrill genome assembly.

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