We just had a call with Baylor and now have an updated assembly of the genome, with 8kb mate pair libraries included. The N50 scaffold size is now 164kb (i.e. half the genome is in scaffolds of 164kb or larger), which is looking good. The contig size within those scaffolds is 17.8kb. We hope to freeze the assembly soon so we can all get on with analysis and databasing. We also have some Illumina sequence which will be included in the assembly (currently its all based on 454 data). So great progress!