Thursday, April 12, 2007

Macaque Genome Sequenced

Science Magazine today announced the completion* of the rhesus macaque genome (aka rhesus monkey). Along with the sequence, they provide a little interactive video to explain why this is a special occasion.

*It's never completely complete. The human genome, which was "completed" in 2001, is still being touched up. See, DNA has to be wrapped up very tightly (condensed) in order to fit inside a cell. Those places where it's tightly wrapped are hard to sequence. Even harder to sequence are the parts that are repeated throughout the genome. It's hard to fit the small pieces together when you have several duplicates.

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