Narwhal Genome Sequenced

A team of researchers from the Natural History Museum of Denmark, the University of Copenhagen, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and Malaysia’s AIMST University has successfully sequenced and analyzed the genome of the narwhal (Monodon monoceros), the most specialized endemic Arctic cetacean, well known for its elongated horn-like tusk and …

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Researchers Sequence Genome of Cultivated Peanut

An international team of scientists has produced the high-quality genomic sequence for the cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea), an important grain legume and oilseed crop with an annual production of about 44 million tons. Leaves and freshly dug pods of Arachis hypogaea, Stuckey, South Carolina. Image credit: Dave, aka Pollinator / CC …

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Tube-Dwelling Anemone Has Biggest Mitochondrial Genome Ever Sequenced

The banded tube-dwelling anemone (Isarachnanthus nocturnes), a sea creature that resembles a prehistoric flower, now holds the record for the largest mitochondrial genome reported to date: the animal has 80,923 base pairs, compared with humans’ 16,569 base pairs. Isarachnanthus nocturnes. Image credit: Stampar et al, doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-42621-z. Mitochondria are double-membraned …

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Chinese Skullcap Genome Sequenced

A team of geneticists from the John Innes Centre and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has produced the first high-quality genomic sequence for the Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis), one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis). Image credit: Andrey Korzun / CC …

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Researchers Identify 104 High-Risk Genes for Schizophrenia

A research team led by Vanderbilt University scientists has identified a set of high-confidence risk genes for schizophrenia. The team’s results support the view that schizophrenia is a developmental disease, one which potentially can be detected and treated even before the onset of symptoms. Wang et al predicted a set …

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Durum Wheat Genome Sequenced


A multinational team of researchers has successfully sequenced and analyzed the genome of durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum), a cereal grain mainly used for pasta production. Durum wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. durum). Image credit: Christine Dautin. Durum wheat was established as a prominent crop roughly 1,500 to 2,000 years …

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Study: Neanderthals, Woolly Mammoths Shared Genetic Traits


Neanderthals and woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) co-existed in similar geographic and environmental European settings during the Middle and Upper Pleistocene epochs and both were direct descendants of African ancestors, although both fully evolved and adapted in Europe during the Middle Pleistocene. A new study, published in the journal Human Biology, …

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Scientists Sequence Genomes of English Walnut and Its Wild Relative

A research team led by scientists from the University of California, Davis, has used a unique approach to sequence the genomes of the English walnut (Juglans regia) and its wild North American relative, the little walnut (Juglans microcarpa), by tapping into the capabilities of two state-of-the-art technologies: long-read DNA sequencing …

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Researchers Identify New Gene Regions Associated with Insomnia

Insomnia is a common disorder linked with adverse long-term medical and psychiatric outcomes. It affects 10-20% of adults, and several twin and family studies suggested that about a third of the risk of insomnia is inherited. Now a team of scientists from the University of Exeter and Massachusetts General Hospital …

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