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Scientists Launch Project to Sequence Entire Clam Genome

NEW YORK, Aug. 27 (GenomeWeb News) - A team of visiting summer investigators at the Marine Biological Laboratory have launched the Clam Project - the first step towards sequencing the entire clam genome.


The research team aims to provide scientists with better knowledge of the clam's active DNA, and later with clam antibodies. The scientists credit the study of surf clam cells for important research breakthroughs in the study of diseases such as cancer, premature aging and muscular dystrophy.


Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory who are involved in the launching the Clam Project include Avram Hershko of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Yosef Greunbaum of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rober Palazzo of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Robert Goldman of Northwestern University.


The clam research is being funded by the Manhattan-based Gruss Lipper Family Foundation.

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