http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Researchers sequence genome of endangered orangutans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/researchers-sequence-genome-endangered-orangutans <p>An international team of researchers has sequenced the genomes of two species of orangutan.</p><p>Lead researcher <a href="http://genome.wustl.edu/people/locke_devin">Devin Locke</a> of the <a href="http://genome.wustl.edu/">Genome Center at Washington University</a> said a primary motivation for studying the genes of orangutans is their close evolutionary relationship to humans.</p><p>“The lessons you learn from studying these species can be applied to understanding of our own evolution and the evolution of the human population as well,” Locke said.</p> Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:33:12 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 391 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Researchers sequence genome of endangered orangutans