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Rats! A month ago, the sequencing consortium responsible for the rat genome completed a high-quality draft sequence and also performed a comparative study of the rat genome against mouse and human. The project was led by the genome center at Baylor College of Medicine and included eight other organizations. Funding came from NHLBI and NHGRI, with each contributing close to $60 million.

 

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