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J Genomics. 2017 May 4;5:54-57. doi: 10.7150/jgen.19504. eCollection 2017.

De Novo Assembly of the Liver Transcriptome of the European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris.

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Deakin University, Bioinformatics Core Research Group, 75 Pigdons Road, Locked Bag 20000, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia.
Deakin University, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Centre for Integrative Ecology, 75 Pigdons Road, Locked Bag 20000, Geelong, VIC 3220, Australia.
Evolution and Ecology Research Centre, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Cetacean Research Unit, Murdoch University, South Road, Murdoch, Western Australia 6150, Australia.


The European starling, Sturnus vulgaris, is a prolific and worldwide invasive species that also has served as an important model for avian ecological and invasion research. Although the genome sequence recently has become available, no transcriptome data have been published for this species. Here, we have sequenced and assembled the S. vulgaris liver transcriptome, which will provide a foundational resource for further annotation and validation of the draft genome. Moreover, it will be important for ecological and evolutionary studies investigating the genetic factors underlying rapid evolution and invasion success in this global invader.


European starling; RNA-seq.; Sturnus vulgaris; de novo transcriptome assembly; invasive species

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Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

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