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The World in Medicine
July 21, 2004

A Leap for Genomics

JAMA. 2004;292(3):323. doi:10.1001/jama.292.3.323-b

The science of comparative genomics will take another leap forward with the sequencing of the DNA of a small kangaroo called the tammar wallaby . The Bethesda, Md–based National Human Genome Research Institute, in partnership with the Australian Genome Research Facility Ltd, in Melbourne, plans to begin sequencing the tammar wallaby's genome in 2004 and complete the project in about 2 years.

Analyses of the genomes of other organisms is expected to help scientists gain a better understanding of the workings of the human genome. (Information about the growing field of comparative genomic analysis is available at http://www.genome.gov/10005835.)