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Researchers Publish Genome Sequence for Duck-Billed Platypus
Date:5/7/2008

ilson, director of Washington University School of Medicine's Genome Sequencing Center, said in a prepared statement. "Now, we'll be able to pinpoint genes that have been conserved throughout evolution, as well as those that have been lost or gained."

The research was published in the May 8 issue of the journal Nature.

"This genome provides a unique perspective on what the genomes of our earliest mammalian ancestors may have looked like. It is fascinating that what we think of as being reptile-like (i.e., egg laying and venom) and mammal-like features can co-exist in the same genome," Adam Felsenfeld, head of the Comparative and Sequencing Analysis Program in NHGRI's Division of Extramural Research, said in a prepared statement.

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SOURCE: U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute, news release, May 7, 2008


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