About the Hydra 2.0 Genome Project


Hydra magnipapillata (now called H. vulgaris) strain 105 originated from a single polyp collected by Toshitaka Sugiyama in a swamp adjacent to the National Institute of Genetics in Mishima, Japan in September 1973. DNA for genomic sequencing was isolated from approximately 1,000 polyps of strain 105 from the laboratory of Hans Bode (University of California, Irvine). Sanger sequencing was performed at the J. Craig Venter Institute in 2010, producing an assembly with ~6x coverage and a scaffold N50 of 92.5 kb.

In 2015, DNA samples from this same strain were isolated by Rob Steele. Chicago libraries were then generated by Dovetail Genomics, with library sequencing performed by the Genomics High-Throughput Facility at the University of California, Irvine. The new assembly subsequently generated by Dovetail Genomics, called Hydra 2.0, has a scaffold N50 of ~1 MB.

For additional information, comments, or questions regarding the Hydra 2.0 Genome Project, please contact Dr. Steele at resteele@uci.edu.

Changes to the Hydra 2.0 Genome Project Portal and underlying data are documented in the Release History.



Hydra 2.0 Genome Project Portal Team


Department of Biological Chemistry
University of California, Irvine

     Robert E. Steele, Ph.D.


Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
University of Florida

     Christine Schnitzler, Ph.D.


Computational and Statistical Genomics Branch
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Institute of Health

     Andy Baxevanis, Ph.D.
     Travis Moreland, M.S.
     Anh-Dao Nguyen, M.S.
     Tyra Wolfsberg, Ph.D.



We would like to thank the following individuals for providing and making additional sequence-based data from Hydra available through the Hydra 2.0 Genome Project Portal:


Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of California, Davis

     Celina Juliano, Ph.D.


Centre for Organismal Studies
Heidelberg University

     Hendrik O. Petersen, Ph.D.
     Stefanie Höger, M.S.
     Oleg Simakov, Ph.D.
     Thomas W. Holstein, Ph.D.