Primate's Progress: Macaque genome is usefully different

By Susan Milius, 15:56 PM April 15, 2008

A group of 35 labs this week unveiled a draft of the genome for the rhesus macaque, the most widely used laboratory primate and a cousin to people.

"The big question here is, 'What makes us human?'" says Richard A. Gibbs of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who led the DNA-sequencing project.

The rhesus macaque is the third primate to have its genome described. Scientists reported the detailed human sequence in 2003 (SN: 4/19/03, p. 245: Available to subscribers at Moving On: Now the ...

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