Pass the squash, pass the stuffing, pass the Meleagris gallopavo? Just in time for Thanksgiving in the US, researchers in the Netherlands report their discovery of two inter- and 57 intra-chromosomal rearrangements between the turkey and chicken genomes. In genotyping more than 1,000 birds for 775 SNPs, the team constructed a linkage map of 531 markers in 28 groups, the largest of which contains 81 loci. In a BMC Genomics paper, the team shows that the M. gallopavo and chicken genomes are both "highly conserved." While this probably won't influence your holiday menu-planning, Daily Scan says it could make for an interesting dinnertime conversation.
Gobble Gobble, Cluck Cluck
Nov 22, 2010