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Marsupials and monotremes sort genome treasures from junk

Matthew J Wakefield1 and Jennifer AM Graves2*

Author Affiliations

1 Division of Immunology and Genetics, John Curtin School of Medical Research, The Australian National University, Canberra 0200, Australia

2 ARC Centre for Kangaroo Genomics, Research School of Biological Science, The Australian National University, Canberra 0200, Australia

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Genome Biology 2005, 6:218  doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-5-218

Published: 28 April 2005

Abstract

A recent landmark paper demonstrates the unique contribution of marsupials and monotremes to comparative genome analysis, filling an evolutionary gap between the eutherian mammals (including humans) and more distant vertebrate species.