The domestic donkey is derived from the African Wild Ass. As with most domesticated species there are a wide variety of coat colours and sizes. They can live for upto 40years.
We sequenced the genome to a depth of approximately 19.4 X with short reads from a series of libraries with various insert sizes ( 800bp and 2kb) on a HiSeq 2000 sequencer.
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 48.6 Gb.

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Read the peer-reviewed publication(s):

Orlando, L., Ginolhac, A., Zhang, G., Froese, D., Albrechtsen, A., Stiller, M., … Moltke, I. (2013). Recalibrating Equus evolution using the genome sequence of an early Middle Pleistocene horse. Nature, 499(7456), 74–78. doi:10.1038/nature12323

Accessions (data generated as part of this study):

SRA: SRS431817

Projects:






Sample IDTaxonomic IDCommon NameGenbank NameScientific NameSample Attributes
SRS4318179793African assassEquus asinus Isolate:willy
Geographic location (country and/or sea,region):no...
Geographic location (latitude and longitude):not r...
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File NameSample IDData TypeFile FormatSizeRelease Date 
SRS431817Sequence assemblyFASTA695.05 MB2013-02-20
ReadmeTEXT0.16 KB2013-02-20
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October 22, 2015 File Donkey.scaftig.FG.gz updated
October 22, 2015 File Donkey.scaftig.FG.gz updated
October 27, 2015 File Donkey.scaftig.FG.gz updated