Tim Fallon

Tim Fallon

Cambridge, MA

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and MIT

PhD Student


Published on Oct 17, 2018

Dear Firefly Genome Fans,

Dear Firefly Genome Fans,It's been 9 months 23 days since our last update to you, but rest assured, team bioluminescent beetles has been busy! We'd like to share our most exciting piece of recent ...

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Published on Dec 23, 2017

Firefly genome(s) now available!

Dear Firefly Genome Fans,Season's greetings! Team Firefly is happy to announce the release of the data and analyses for your genome project to sequence the Big Dipper Firefly, Photinus pyralis.  An...

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Published on Apr 25, 2017

First poster presented on firefly genome progress

Dear firefly genome supporters,Hello from Taiwan!  Where your author is currently attending the International Firefly Symposium 2017 (http://www.ifs2017taipei.org), in Taipei, Taiwan.  Team Firefly...

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Published on Nov 18, 2016

Firefly genome update: Mitochondrial genome deciphered!

Dear firefly genome fans,Happy Friday!  To celebrate, team firefly would like to share our latest progress on the firefly genome with you. In our last lab note, we took our first look at the real d...

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Published on Oct 28, 2016

Good News! PacBio long-read sequencing data received

Dear firefly genome fans,Happy Friday!  In addition to that excellent news, we have some other news we thought you might enjoy as well! We’ve just received the firefly genome sequence data back fro...

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Published on Sep 01, 2016

How does one extract high-molecular-weight firefly DNA?

In order to sequence the firefly genome, we first needed to extract high-molecular-weight firefly DNA (aka super long DNA).  But how does one achieve such a feat?See below for some pics of the proc...

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Published on May 29, 2016

93%! Coming in to the finish line.

Wow! Thanks to some extremely generous donations, we've made it to 93%, closer than ever to successful funding of the sequencing of the firefly genome! But remember, we only get the funds if we rea...

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Published on May 24, 2016

66%! The final stretch. And a new backer benefit

We've had an amazing set of generous donations that have pushed the Firefly Genome Project closer and closer to our $10K goal. We've just reached 66%, meaning we are 2/3rds of the way there!With 9...

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Thanks very much Joshua!
Reply to:Joe DoggettJoe Doggett
Hi Joe, no I didn't expect I'd be attending the firefly symposium, but I'm very glad that I did! Taiwan has the "firefly fever" and our hosts have been extremely gracious to us at every stage. It has been a very special experience, and there is still one more day! Re Genome company: Not sure w...more
Reply to:Denny LuanDenny Luan
More food than we can handle!! It's been a real treat.
Hi Misha, at this stage, the gene models are still in flux, so sequence data will be released alongside the manuscript when they are more polished.
Hi Misha, Yes! The Ppyr Luc2 is orthologous to the previously described Luc2 in Luciola & Photuris.
Reply to:Cindy WuCindy Wu
Thanks! We try : )