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Health Agencies Update
July 27, 2005

Animal Genome Sequencing

JAMA. 2005;294(4):418. doi:10.1001/jama.294.4.418-b

The National Human Genome Research Institute has announced that it will sequence the genomes of 13 more organisms as part of its ongoing effort to obtain genomic information from a wide array of species (http://www.genome.gov/10002154).

The genomes of nine mammals will be sequenced: a common member of the squirrel family called the 13-lined ground squirrel, the megabat, microbat, tree shrew, bushbaby, hyrax, pangolin, sloth, and Northern white-cheeked gibbon. The genomes of four nonmammalian organisms will also be sequenced: the M and S strains of a malaria-carrying mosquito, a roundworm, and the zebra finch.

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