||[Aug. 18th, 2003|11:27 pm]
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.