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Rats rule! [Aug. 18th, 2003|11:27 pm]
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Scientists analyzing research offshoots of the Human Genome Project have determined that rats and mice share large stretches of DNA with humans. In fact, we're genetically closer to rats than to cats!

To my fellow feline furries, I send a good-natured: "Ha!" :)

The study compared 12 animal samples, including pufferfish. Why pufferfish? Surely we're not closely related to these fish... Did they happen to have a sample around the lab and figured it'd be good for laughs? I suspect, though they don't say anywhere, that this was to establish some sort of baseline for the farthest-removed DNA sequence.

[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2003-08-18 11:43 pm (UTC)


Take that felines! :-P
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2003-08-19 12:49 am (UTC)
Actually, it was to inflate the standard deviation. Otherwise known as the National Science Floundation.

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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2003-08-19 04:22 am (UTC)
Good to know... I'd sooner claim ratty species relations than many primates, honestly. Although I must point out that in the grand scheme, genetic closeness to humans is not by any means an indicator of relative coolness. Rowr!
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[User Picture]From: spikedpunch
2003-08-19 05:46 am (UTC)
Rodent Propaganda, if I ever heard any!

Everyone knows that wolves are at the top of the genetic pyramid for we are the most perfect creatures on this planet. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: chipuni
2003-08-19 08:53 am (UTC)
We've done a complete genome on pufferfish because their genome is short. Really short, compared with most critters. Since it was already around, the bioinformaticists used it.

I just got back from a week-long conference about this very subject!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-08-19 10:35 am (UTC)
Cool. Thanks for filling in the logic there... I knew there had to be a good reason for such an obviously exotic choice.
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[User Picture]From: makovette
2003-08-19 10:59 pm (UTC)
And here I was hoping it was because the researchers like sushi. What a dissapointment ;-P

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