Julia Evangelou Strait

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Mammalian Mash-up: Platypus genome shows three ani
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Sun May 11, 2008

Mammalian Mash-up: Platypus genome shows three animals in one

An international team of scientists has sequenced the genome of a duck-billed platypus. Part bird, part reptile and part mammal, the platypus genome sheds light on the evolution of mammals, including humans, and on the genetics of disease. Led by Richard K. Wilson, director of the Genome Sequencing Center at Washington University School of Medicine, the scientific team found that this mammal's DNA is as unusual as its duck-bill.

Mixed-up Mammal

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