An international team of scientists has sequenced the genomes of 240 species of mammals.
Their publicly available dataset, which contains genomes of mammals ranging from the bumblebee bat to the black rhinoceros, including many endangered species, is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind generated to date. These data will help scientists learn which genetic mutations cause human diseases like cancer.
The Zoonomia Project has analyzed the genomes of mammals over about 110 million years of evolution. A paper about the dataset is published in Nature.
“The core idea for the project was to develop and use this data to help human geneticists figure out which mutations cause disease,” Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, a senior co-author of the study and a professor in comparative genomics at Uppsala University, said in a news release.