Zebrafish Genome Project


The Sanger Institute started the zebrafish genome sequencing project in 2001 and has generated several genome assemblies. After the release of Zv9, the zebrafish genome project joined the Genome Reference Consortium (GRC) for further improvement and ongoing maintenance. The GRC has now released a new reference assembly, GRCz10. After the release of the next assembly GRCz11, planned for 2017, our GRC partners at ZFIN have agreed to take over the responsibility for further updates and maintenance. 

Email us at zfish-help@sanger.ac.uk with your comments and enquiries, your input is welcome!



  • The zebrafish reference genome sequence and its relationship to the human genome.

    Howe K, Clark MD, Torroja CF, Torrance J, Berthelot C et al.

    Nature 2013;496;7446;498-503

Data Use

This sequencing centre plans on publishing the completed and annotated sequences in a peer-reviewed journal as soon as possible. Permission of the principal investigator should be obtained before publishing analyses of the sequence/open reading frames/genes on a chromosome or genome scale. See our data sharing policy.

Ordering clones

Clones that have been generated for the genome project can be ordered as specified below:

library external prefix internal Prefix Order Contact
CHORI-211 CH211 zC bacpacorders@chori.org
DanioKey DKEY zK sales@imagenes-bio.de
DanioKey Pilot DKEYP zKp sales@imagenes-bio.de
CHORI-73 CH73 zH bacpacorders@chori.org
RPCI-71 RP71 bZ bacpacorders@chori.org
BUSM1 (PAC) BUSM1 dZ camemiya@benaroyaresearch.org
ZfishFos ZFOS zF This library is unfortunately not available anymore, please contact zfish-help@sanger.ac.uk for alternatives
CHORI-1073 (FOS) CH1073 zFD bacpacorders@chori.or