Scientists Sequence DNA Of 240 Mammals

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.

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Scientists discover two new mammals in Australia


Australia’s three greater gliders (clockwise from top left) Petauroides minor, Petauroides volans, and Petauroides armillatus.

Denise McGregor and Jasmine Vink

Two new species of greater glider, a cat-size marsupial that lives in the forests of Australia, have been discovered Down Under after scientists ran DNA tests on new tissue samples of the animals. A new study published in Nature’s public access Scientific Reports journal details the findings. 

The discovery is significant because it means gliders are more diverse than previously thought, adding to the biodiversity of animals found in Australia. 

“It’s really exciting to find this biodiversity under our noses,” study researcher Kara Youngentob told The West Australian. “The division of the greater glider into multiple species reduces the previous widespread distribution of the original species, further increasing conservation concern for that animal and highlighting

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