Keith Robison had been wondering what interesting organisms were left to be sequenced. He found on the Human Ageing Genomic Resources site a proposal to sequence the naked mole-rat, the white-faced capuchin monkey, and the bowhead whale to better understand their longevity. (They can live for 28, 50, and 200 years, respectively.) Robison also notes that this paper is probably one of the last of its kind. "Once genome sequencing becomes very cheap, a proposal to sequence a mammalian genome will become just a paragraph in a grant proposal at most, or more likely something mentioned only after the fact in an annual grant report," he writes.
The Next Mammal Up for Sequencing Is…
Oct 11, 2007