Over the weekend Chinese scientists announced that they've sequenced the giant panda genome and that prompted Keith Robison to explain why having a bear genome is important. He says that there can never be too many genomes sequenced, especially for comparative studies, and pandas, as former carnivores, should give insight into the evolution of that group and how their digestive tract has evolved to digest bamboo. Also, Robison points out that knowing the panda genome and population structure could help the pandas themselves since they have low fertility and are endangered.
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Oct 15, 2008