Navigation Links
First analysis of platypus genome may impact disease prevention
Date:5/9/2008

BATON ROUGE Theres no doubt about it ... the platypus is one odd duck-billed, egg-laying, lactating mammal. With adaptations like webbed feet to fit its aquatic lifestyle and the poison spurs that decorate males, the platypus represents for many a patchwork of evolutionary development. But LSUs Mark Batzer, along with an international consortium of scientists led by Wes Warren at Washington University in Saint Louis, Mo., has taken this theory to an entirely new level, proving that platypus looks arent only skin-deep their DNA is an equally cobbled-together array of bird, reptile and mammalian lineages.

The consortium conducted the first analysis of platypus DNA in what was the largest platypus population genetics study to date.

Their genomic organization was strange and a little unexpected, said Batzer, Andrew C. Pereboom Alumni Departmental Professor of Biological Sciences at LSU and one of the principle investigators of the project. It appeared much more bird- and reptile-like than mammalian, even though it is indeed classified as a mammal. Its an ancient animal, too, and it has remained relatively primitive and unchanged, both in physical appearance and genetically.

What does this discovery mean for the public? The very real potential for advances in human disease prevention and a better understanding of mammalian evolution.

This is a huge genetic step, said Batzer. Understanding is key. Were learning a lot about mammalian gene regulation and immune systems, which has huge implications for disease susceptibility research. We hope to, in time, identify the underlying causes and methods of disease prevention in humans.

The platypus was chosen as the subject of this study in large part due to its strange appearance, but other selection factors include the species endangered status in its only indigenous habitat, Australia. Platypuses are extremely shy by nature and there has been little success in breeding t
'/>"/>

Contact: Mark Batzer
mbatzer@lsu.edu
225-578-7102
Louisiana State University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. MXI Security and Communication Intelligence Corporation Team up to Deliver the First Green Portable Security Solution for Financial Institutions
2. Iowa State-ConocoPhillips collaboration advances 26 research projects in first year
3. Scientists find stem cells for the first time in the pituitary
4. First nanoscale image of soil reveals an incredible variety, rich with patterns
5. And the first animal on Earth was a ...
6. First draft of transgenic papaya genome yields many fruits
7. UC biology prof traces his roots to the first Earth Day
8. Research identifies first method for testing, assessing drug treatments for Chagas disease
9. Lincoln Park Zoo launches first-of-its-kind wildlife reintroduction database
10. And the first animal on Earth was a...
11. Geneticist Francis Collins named first recipient of Inamori Ethics Prize at Case Western Reserve
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/3/2014)... GLENDALE, Ariz. , Dec. 2, 2014 ... biometric hand readers, Inception Technologies is pleased to announce ... it easier for customers to collect the workforce data ... the problems that have been left by existing readers. ... to user interface, connectivity and modern technology. Older models ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... Nov. 20, 2014 Strict laws against distracted ... piloting the North American and European automotive sector towards ... gesture recognition systems that are intuitive and able to ... the industry. New analysis from Frost ... Market in Europe and ...
(Date:11/18/2014)... , Nov. 18, 2014  The Secure Identity ... Association today jointly announce the formation of The ... of its Identity and Biometric Entry and ... Framework received official support from BORDERPOL, the international ... improve and provide expertise regarding border security, traveler ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Inception Technologies to Release New Biometric Reader 2Gesture Recognition Intensifies with the Rise of In-car Smartphone Integration, Says Frost & Sullivan 2Gesture Recognition Intensifies with the Rise of In-car Smartphone Integration, Says Frost & Sullivan 3Gesture Recognition Intensifies with the Rise of In-car Smartphone Integration, Says Frost & Sullivan 4Identity Management, Document Authentication and Biometric Companies Form "The Airport Entry and Exit Working Group", Releasing the Framework to Help Guide the Department of Homeland Security and Congress Towards Solutions 2Identity Management, Document Authentication and Biometric Companies Form "The Airport Entry and Exit Working Group", Releasing the Framework to Help Guide the Department of Homeland Security and Congress Towards Solutions 3
... 20 bioMETRX Inc.,("bioMETRX") (OTC Bulletin Board: ... product design services and embedded biometric solutions,announced ... banking firm Mesirow,Financial Inc. Mesirow Financial will ... company to evaluate and implement strategic growth,initiatives., ...
... PLAINFIELD, NJ August 20, 2008 New phase ... show that the investigational oral drug PTC124 demonstrates activity ... that treatment with PTC124 results in statistically significant improvements ... CF. The study was conducted at the Hadassah ...
... Using pain treatments which contain codeine may be risky ... of Western Ontario, and the Hospital for Sick Children ... in the journal, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics ... relief drugs can actually have harmful and even fatal ...
Cached Biology News:bioMETRX, Inc. Retains Global Investment Banking Firm Mesirow Financial, Inc. as Financial Advisor 2PTC124 shows activity in cystic fibrosis; Phase 2 proof-of-concept data published in Lancet 2PTC124 shows activity in cystic fibrosis; Phase 2 proof-of-concept data published in Lancet 3Codeine not safe for all breastfeeding moms and their babies 2
(Date:12/19/2014)... Springs, FL (PRWEB) December 18, 2014 ... of the nation’s leading specialty pharmacies, has an ... serve as clinical pharmacy consultants for prescriber offices ... therapy expertise. , “We have a variety ... therapies. For example, those specializing in hepatitis C ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... Ed Bilsky, Ph.D., vice president for Research and ... the Neurosciences (CEN), and professor of pharmacology at the ... member of the prestigious Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives ... receive this honor. , The Dana Alliance ... Foundation. Its mission is to advance public education ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... 2014 In contrast to traditional LED ... various colors, Valoya uses proprietary LED technology to incorporate ... possible uniformity which is critical in low proximity installations. ... accuracy throughout its lifetime which is up to four ... , "The investment cost was clearly higher when compared ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... BURLINGTON, Mass. , Dec. 18, 2014  Decision ... dental biomaterial market will grow moderately through ... implant procedures and growing awareness of dental biomaterials all ... underdeveloped markets such as China ... incomes will bring dental procedures within reach for a ...
Breaking Biology Technology:BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Expands ‘Regional Pharmaceutical Care Liaison’ Team 2BioPlus Specialty Pharmacy Expands ‘Regional Pharmaceutical Care Liaison’ Team 3UNE's Ed Bilsky Named Member of Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives 2UNE's Ed Bilsky Named Member of Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives 3Asia Pacific Dental Biomaterial Market Will Grow Strongly Through 2023 2Asia Pacific Dental Biomaterial Market Will Grow Strongly Through 2023 3
... ... comprehensive medical exposition of its kind. John Rizvi will deliver a presentation titled, "Preservation ... Beach. , ... August 5, 2009 -- On August 13, 2009 at 1:00 PM, attorney John Rizvi will ...
... through difficult terrain using an intricate adhesive system. Until now ... on their unique system of traction. Scientists at the ... discovered that the geckos, amazing grip is triggered by gravity. ... be published Wed., Aug. 5, at 00:001 BST, by Anthony ...
... ... Compounded Mupirocin Liquid. Mupirocin is typically only found in ointment form. ASL,s compound does ... is significant because ASL serves patients with chronic sinusitis who do not need the ... ...
Cached Biology Technology:Patent Attorney John Rizvi Speaks at FIME International Medical Expo 2New angle on gecko research 2Pharmacy Compounds Liquid Mupirocin for the Chronic Sinusitis Patient 2
... Recognizes K+ Cl- Cotransporter-1 ... no significant sequence homology ... CCC.,SPECIES REACTIVITIES: The immunogen ... in human, mouse, porcine ...
...
Anti-G-alpha-i 1 G-Protein Host: mouse monoclonal Species Reactivity: human, mouse, rat Applications: WB Storage: 4C...
oligophrenin-1 (H-100)...
Biology Products: