C. elegans was the first animal to have its genome completely sequenced. In the decades since, the genome continues to be actively curated, annotated, and improved. Here we report the discovery of a new gene in a region of the genome that is currently not associated with any annotated gene or feature. We present RNA-seq and RT-PCR evidence that this gene is expressed at detectable levels, and that it is alternatively spliced. The new gene (Y97E10C.2) shares an operon with two upstream genes. We provide RNA-seq and RT-PCR evidence for a missing exon in the upstream gene T05B11.7, as well as an alternatively-spliced exon.
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