Genes & Genomics

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 83–91 | Cite as

A comparative, BAC end sequence enabled map of the genome of the American mink (Neovison vison)

  • Bernhard F. BenkelEmail author
  • Amanda Smith
  • Knud Christensen
  • Razvan Anistoroaei
  • Ye Zhang
  • Christoph W. Sensen
  • Hossain Farid
  • Lyn Paterson
  • Ronald M. Teather
Research Article


In this report we present the results of the analysis of approximately 2.7 Mb of genomic information for the American mink (Neovison vison) derived through BAC end sequencing. Our study, which encompasses approximately 1/1000th of the mink genome, suggests that simple sequence repeats (SSRs) are less common in the mink than in the human genome, whereas the average GC content of the mink genome is slightly higher than that of its human counterpart. The 2.7 Mb mink genomic dataset also contained 2,416 repeat elements (retroids and DNA transposons) occupying almost 31% of the sequence space. Among repeat elements, LINEs were over-represented and endogenous viruses (aka LTRs) under-represented in comparison to the human genome. Finally, we present a virtual map of the mink genome constructed with reference to the human and canine genome assemblies using a comparative genomics approach and incorporating over 200 mink BESs with unique hits to the human genome.


American mink BAC end sequencing Comparative mapping Structural genomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard F. Benkel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Amanda Smith
    • 1
  • Knud Christensen
    • 2
  • Razvan Anistoroaei
    • 2
  • Ye Zhang
    • 3
  • Christoph W. Sensen
    • 3
  • Hossain Farid
    • 1
  • Lyn Paterson
    • 4
  • Ronald M. Teather
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Plant and Animal SciencesNova Scotia Agricultural CollegeTruroCanada
  2. 2.Dept. of Animal and Veterinary Basic Sciences, Division of Animal Genetics and BioinformaticsUniversity of CopenhagenFrederiksberg CDenmark
  3. 3.Faculty of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular BiologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  4. 4.Lethbridge Research CentreAgriculture and Agri-Food CanadaLethbridgeCanada

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