Thursday, May 8, 2008

Dodo for genomes

I love the figure from the Nature news piece about the platypus genome. Of course, I was delighted to see that the "Green anole lizard" was included and noting as one of the species whose genome sequencing has been completed. The funny thing is that the Dodo is included as "Missing/Required." Who has the dodo on their list of the top four bird species for genome sequencing? Let's not forget that the Dodo is just a glorified pigeon. I'm not sure what we'd learn anything from sequencing a dodo genome that we couldn't also learn from sequencing the genome of a rock dove. I suspect it might also be a bit easier to get DNA from a rock dove...

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