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Castoe TA, Bronikowski AM, Brodie III ED, Edwards SV, Pfrender ME, Shapiro MD, Pollock DD, Warren WC. A proposal to sequence the genome of a garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis). Standards in genomic sciences. 2011;4 :257.
Here we develop an argument in support of sequencing a garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) genome, and outline a plan to accomplish this. This snake is a common, widespread, nonve-nomous North American species that has served as a model for diverse studies in evolutio-nary biology, physiology, genomics, behavior and coevolution. The anole lizard is currently the only genome sequence available for a non-avian reptile. Thus, the garter snake at this time would be the first available snake genome sequence and as such would provide much needed comparative representation of non-avian reptilian genomes, and would also allow critical new in sights for vertebrate comparative genomic studies. We outline the major areas of discovery that the availability of the garter snake genome would enable, and describe a plan for whole-genome sequencing.