Genomic data from the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus).

Dataset type: Genomic
Data released on January 23, 2014

Zhan X; Pan S; Wang J; Dixon A; He J; Muller MG; Ni P; Hu L; Liu Y; Hou H; Chen Y; Xia J; Luo Q; Xu P; Chen Y; Liao S; Cao C; Gao S; Wang Z; Yue Z; Li G; Yin Y; Fox NC; Wang J; Bruford MW (2014): Genomic data from the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus). GigaScience Database.


The peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) is a top predator that has unique morphological, physiological and behavioural adaptations, allowing them to be successful hunters – it is also known as the world’s fastest animal.
The peregrine falcon genome was sequenced to further understand the evolutionary adaptation of this successful hunter. An Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform was used to generate a 128.07 Gb sequence and the initial genome size was estimated at 1.2 Gb, suggesting a genome coverage of 106.72X.
SOAPdenovo was used for assembly and resulted in scaffold and contig N50 values of 3.89 Mb and 28.6 kb respectively. Fosmid-based Sanger sequencing confirmed >99% coverage of euchromatic DNA. These data provide insights into evolution of the peregrine’s predatory lifestyle.

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Read the peer-reviewed publication(s):

Zhan, X., Pan, S., Wang, J., Dixon, A., He, J., Muller, M. G., … Bruford, M. W. (2013). Peregrine and saker falcon genome sequences provide insights into evolution of a predatory lifestyle. Nature Genetics, 45(5), 563–566. doi:10.1038/ng.2588 (PubMed: 23525076)
Zhang, G., Li, B., Li, C., Gilbert, M. T. P., Jarvis, E. D., & Wang, J. (2014). Comparative genomic data of the Avian Phylogenomics Project. GigaScience, 3(1). doi:10.1186/2047-217x-3-26
Zhang, G., Li, C., Li, Q., Li, B., Larkin, D. M., Lee, C., … Meredith, R. W. (2014). Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation. Science, 346(6215), 1311–1320. doi:10.1126/science.1251385
Jarvis, E. D., Mirarab, S., Aberer, A. J., Li, B., Houde, P., Li, C., … Howard, J. T. (2014). Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds. Science, 346(6215), 1320–1331. doi:10.1126/science.1253451

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doi:10.5524/101006 IsSupplementedBy doi:10.5524/100075

Accessions (data generated as part of this study):

BioProject: PRJNA159791


Sample IDTaxonomic IDCommon NameGenbank NameScientific NameSample Attributes
Peregrine falcon - 148508954Peregrine falconperegrine falconFalco peregrinus Estimated genome size:1.4
Funding source:Cardiff
Geographic location (country and/or sea,region):Un...
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File NameSample IDData TypeFile FormatSizeRelease Date 
Peregrine falcon - 14850Coding sequenceFASTA24.66 MB2014-01-23
Peregrine falcon - 14850Protein sequenceFASTA8.97 MB2014-01-23
Peregrine falcon - 14850OtherUNKNOWN6.13 MB2015-03-23
Peregrine falcon - 14850Sequence assemblyFASTA1.09 GB2014-01-23
Peregrine falcon - 14850AnnotationGFF11.76 MB2014-01-23
ReadmeTEXT2 KB2014-01-23
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