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The smallest avian genomes are those of hummingbirds, report T. Ryan Gregory and his colleagues in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. According to the paper abstract, the genome sizes of birds are thought to be inhibited by flight's metabolic demands and by the relationship between nuclear DNA content and the size of red bloods cells.

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