Welcome to the next round of the Revive & Restore and Dovetail Genomics® A Genome For (AG4) program.  This new fundraising program will enable the sequencing and assembly of the Wolverine (Gulo gulo) genome.  Dovetail Genomics will donate $500 on behalf of every service project sold starting on October 18, 2021 until enough funds are raised to sequence and assemble the wolverine genome.  The program, named A Genome for Laura, is part of Revive & Restore’s Wild Genomes initiative and will be an open resource made available to the research community.

Who is Laura?

The wolverine to be sequenced is a female nicknamed “Laura.” Despite undergoing substantial decline, the North American wolverine has thus far failed to be listed by the Endangered Species Act twice due to a lack of information, and there are currently no genomic resources for wolverines in the United States and Canada. Drs. Ellie Armstrong and Joanna Kelley, Washington State University (Pullman), have initiated a project in collaboration with academic and agency partners to build non-invasive monitoring tools for several species with range overlap in the Pacific Northwest, including the wolverine.

Common Name Scientific Name Greatest Threats Range Population Size
Wolverine Gulo gulo Habitat loss and fragmentation Found primarily in remote reaches of the Northern boreal forests and subarctic and alpine tundra of the Northern Hemisphere ~15,000 – 30,000

Funds Raised

What needs to be done?

A high-quality reference genome assembly is an essential tool for understanding the biology of any organism. Since the genome encodes a full set of instructions for Laura’s development and maintenance, it is critical to decode this “organism blueprint” to lay a foundation for future conservation genetics studies, such as population-scale resequencing.

Once Laura’s genome is available, conservation biologists can use it as a foundation for many different studies to better understand the status of wolverine populations in Canada, the United States and other countries. These studies will help biologists understand population size and demographics, gene flow, genetic diversity and also allow biologists to monitor wolverine populations over time.

Read the full press release HERE.

How can you help?

Is your research in need of a de novo genome assembly or does the assembly you have require improvement? Starting October 18, 2021 Dovetail® will donate $500 on behalf of each service project customer until Laura’s fundraising goal has been reached. Please click below to learn more about our service offerings and to request a quote.

The wolverine’s sense of smell is uncanny — it can detect a carcass lying 20 feet (6 meters) under the snow, allowing it to find the remains of animals killed in avalanches.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to build a genome for the wolverine with Dovetail and Revive & Restore. Wolverines are very elusive and have been declining in the United States over the last several decades, but a lack of information has limited protective measures. This genome will help us develop DNA-based technologies that can aid in conservation and also provide basic information about wolverine population structure and biology.”
Ellie Armstrong, Washington State University
Wolverines possess a special upper molars in the back of their mouth that are rotated 90 degrees inward, allowing animal to tear apart the flesh of the prey quickly.
“Legal protections of the wolverine have been held up by a lack of data. A reference genome will enable a whole new world of monitoring technologies that can determine if wolverines need to be protected and how best to help them recover. Revive & Restore is thrilled to support genomic insight for this important and unusual species.”
Bridget Baumgartner, Revive & Restore
The wolverine has a lumbering gait as its head and tail are lower than its arched back.

“As our ongoing partnership with Revive and Restore continues to grow and develop, we are excited to be involved in this project. We should be able to raise the needed funds quite quickly and get the project going so the genome assembly can be delivered this year.”

Todd Dickinson, CEO, Dovetail Genomics

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