Creating A Genomic Zoo
Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, even you are a vertebrate. And now for the first time, scientists from around the world are coming together to study them on a molecular level.
"The Genome 10k Project is our first look at vertebrate animal life," said David Haussler, a biomolecular engineer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. "We're trying to get at least 10,000 species represented in our genome collection," he said.
Led by a team of biologists at UC Santa Cruz, researchers are collecting DNA and breaking it down to better understand the history of evolution from gorillas to elephants to alligators.
"We want to know what life is about. This is all about the thread of DNA that's been passed down for more than 500 million years from parent to offspring and has generated this incredible diversity of vertebrates," said Haussler.
Full article at InsideScience.