Thursday, September 01, 2005

Chimpanzee draft genome

The draft genome of the chimpanzee will be released today at Nature (some stuff is public access). Apparently there are some very interesting differences in the Y-chromosome relative to humans. Also some quantification of repetitive elements, essentially genetic parasites which make up about a third of the human genome. Some families of these little snippets have done very well indeed, specifically in humans. More later when I've done the reading-- wow, the Nature table of contents is full of goodies!

In the meantime check out Carl Zimmer as usual at the Loom, and Monsters and Critics .

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