The tree shrew (Tupaia belangeri), currently placed in the order Scandentia, has a wide distribution in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Southwest China. For several decades, tree shrew, the closest relative of primates, has attracted increasing attention in modeling human diseases and therapeutic responses. It has been used as a viable animal model alternative to rodents and primates in biomedical researches such as hepatitis virus infection, myopia, social stress and depression.

      For thoroughly understanding the genetic basis of tree shrew as an animal model, we had previously completed a high-quality draft genome of a Chinese tree shrew and finished a comprehensive analysis of functional annotation and genomic features of this species.

      To easily manage the tree shrew genome data, the Treeshrew Database was constructed by Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. We also integrated multiple common programs, such as Gbrowse, Blast, Genewise, Muscle in the database to facilitate automatic gene sequence analysis. It is our hope that the Treeshrew Database will provide more useful help for studying tree shrew biology and modeling human diseases using this rising experimental animal.