Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Stanford Researchers Push to Sequence the Coelacanth Genome

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers from Stanford University and the Benaroya Research Institute have published in the December issue of Genome Research a call for the sequencing of the coelacanth.

The coelacanth is a hollow-spined fish found in deep-sea volcanic caves. The fish, thought to be extinct, exhibited little morphological change since the species' emergence 360 million years ago, according to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, which publishes Genome Research. The researchers said the sequence may hold clues about the evolution of vertebrates.


"We're missing an organism that could really shed light on the emergence of land vertebrates," Richard Myers, leader of the Stanford research team, said in a statement. "We don't know what genomic changes accompanied the transition from water to land, and a coelacanth genome could help identify those events."

The Scan

More Boosters for US

Following US Food and Drug Administration authorization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, the Washington Post writes.

From a Pig

A genetically modified pig kidney was transplanted into a human without triggering an immune response, Reuters reports.

For Privacy's Sake

Wired reports that more US states are passing genetic privacy laws.

Science Paper on How Poaching Drove Evolution in African Elephants

In Science this week: poaching has led to the rapid evolution of tuskless African elephants.