Worm to elephant: New genome targets

By Susan Milius, 15:51 PM April 15, 2008

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has released a list of 18 wildly different creatures as targets for genome sequencing.

The scientists making the selection clambered all over the tree of life, looking for lineages near dramatic branching points, according to Adam Felsenfeld, a biologist at NHGRI in Bethesda, Md. For example, the sea lamprey was included because its ancestors were probably among the first vertebrates.

Nine mammals made the list: African savannah elephant, or...

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