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.)
Stephenson J. A Leap for Genomics. JAMA. 2004;292(3):323. doi:10.1001/jama.292.3.323-b
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