Today there were some major advancements in our organization and plans towards focusing our efforts on the Sea Star transcriptome project. I ended up doing a bunch of what felt like monkey-work, but I think it has shed more light on our transcriptome.
In summary, the Pycnopodia helianthoides transcriptome sequences to the UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot database resulted in 30578 unique contigs. Nucleotide BLAST searches resulted in 8611 annotated as Eukaryotic contigs, of which 3947 were from sea urchin. In addition, 2117 were bacterial and 31 matched viral annotations.