Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chinese Tree Shrew Genome

Last week we discussed how many genomes have been sequenced but stitched together or annotated. Yesterday an annotated genome of the Chinese Tree Shrew was discussed in this paper.  This genome is interesting because the shrew is closely related to primates and is being considered as an alternative to primate species in biomedical research.  The researchers identified several biological pathways shared between the tree shrew and humans, indicating that it could be useful both for medical research and also for comparative and evolutionary biological research.

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