Thursday, November 20, 2008

Scientists sequence kangaroo genome

"After more than four years and a last-minute rescue plan to fund the project, the genome of Australia's largest marsupial, the kangaroo, has been mapped.

The project, which was jointly funded by the Victorian Government and the US National Institutes of Health is the first of its kind in Australia.

Professor Jenny Graves, outgoing director of the Centre for Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics says early findings have helped explain genetic puzzles such as the sex determination gene and the origin of human blood proteins.

The mapping is already having a clinical impact with the discovery of a new hormonal pathway helping explain rare human medical conditions such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia, says incoming KanGO director Laureate Professor Marilyn Renfree."

Read the rest of this article by Dani Cooper on the ABC News in Science website.

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