NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - A team of researchers led by the Broad Institute has published the genome sequence of the short-tailed opossum — the first marsupial genome — in today's issue of Nature.
 
According to the researchers, the “unique” evolutionary position of the opossum (Monodelphis domestica) could shed light not only on mammalian evolution, but on the mechanisms of evolution in general.
 

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