A yellow-green alga, Heterococcus sp. DN1, was isolated from the snows of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Heterococcus sp. DN1 displays properties such as abundant intracellular lipid accumulation and cold tolerance. Here we describe a number of genes discovered from a draft genome constructed from Illumina GAIIx short reads. The genome of Heterococcus sp. DN1 is 170 Mb, with 29,080 genes giving hits within NCBI using Tera-BLASTx. We show that Heterococcus sp. DN1 has a large number of putative genes involved in lipid metabolism and contains the required genes for the biosynthesis of eicosapentaenoic acid, a lipid required for nutrition in humans. A number of putative cold-tolerance genes are present in the genome as well.
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