The Nature publication on the cod genome is now online. Check out the paper here and the news story here. The genome sequences and annotations are available for browsing and downloading through the 'Data resources' link to the left, as well as through ensembl and NCBI.
The cod genome initiative was established in 2008, and is funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN), FUGE. The initiative is a collaboration between leading research groups in Norway, all members of the GenoFisk consortium, and international partners.
The rationale behind this project: Cod (Gadus morhua) is an emerging aquaculture species. Currently, Norway is producing 10.000 tons of farmed cod, but the number is steadily increasing. There is also a pronounced political will to develop the cod into a similar sized industry as salmon. The potential as a leading aquaculture species is an important motivation for the proposed project. Access to a high quality whole genome sequence has become a prerequisite for performing functional genomics research at an international level
The Atlantic Cod genome was sequenced from a wild-caught individual from the The North East Arctic cod (NEAC) population. Sequencing took nine months (2009), assembly three months (2009), annotation six months (2010), analysis of these and preparation of a manuscript (2010-2011) has been concluded with the publication in the journal Nature on August 10th, 2011. The first version of the Atlantic cod genome was released in August 2011 (see 'Data resources' link to the left).