Marsupial genomics bounds along

John Gould [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

Australian genomics has taken a big step forward with the completion of the genome map of the tammar wallaby. The wallaby (Macropus eugenii) is the first kangaroo species to have its genome mapped and sequenced. Researchers at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics (KanGO), based in Canberra, constructed the genome map, which will be used to assemble the overlapping DNA sequences previously identified by another group of researchers at the Australian Genome Research Facility (based in Brisbane).

Lab Anim. (NY) 38, 3 (2009).
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