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In an advance, online publication of Nature this week, an international research collaboration reports their resequencing of the chicken genome. Using a massively parallel sequencing approach, the team sequenced and analyzed the Gallus gallus domesticus genome to 44.5-fold coverage and identified selective sweeps of favorable alleles, as well as candidate mutations which may have played a role in the animal's domestication.

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