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Competing Interests

The authors declare no competing interests, other than that DHW and ADMD are employees of the Georgia Aquarium, which was the principal funder of this work. TDR has an honorary (non-compensated) position at the Georgia Aquarium. Timothy D Read is an Academic Editor for PeerJ.

Author Contributions

Timothy D Read conceived and designed the experiments, analyzed the data, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Robert A Petit III analyzed the data, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Sandeep J Joseph analyzed the data, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Md T Alam analyzed the data.

Ryan Weil conceived and designed the experiments.

Maida Ahmad analyzed the data, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Ravila Bhimani analyzed the data, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Jocelyn S Vuong analyzed the data, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Chad P Haase performed the experiments, reviewed drafts of the paper.

Harry Webb contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools.

Alistair D. M. Dove conceived and designed the experiments, contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools, wrote the paper, prepared figures and/or tables, reviewed drafts of the paper.

DNA Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding the deposition of DNA sequences:

National Center for Biotechnology information short read archive under accession number SRP044374

Data Deposition

The following information was supplied regarding the deposition of related data:

http://whaleshark.georgiaaquarium.org

https://github.com/Read-Lab-Confederation/whaleshark

Funding

The major funding from this project came from the Georgia Aquarium, with additional resources provided by Division of Infectious Diseases development funds to TDR. Coca Cola Inc. contributed towards establishing the Galaxy web server. Funding for equipment used at the Emory Genome Center was provided by the Georgia Research Alliance, Emory School of Medicine, Department of Human Genetics and the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.


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