This Week in Nature

This week, a team led by investigators at the Broad Institute reports a genome sequence for the North American green anole lizard, Anolis carolinensis, making it the first non-avian member of the reptile lineage to have been sequenced. "We find that A. carolinensis microchromosomes are highly syntenic with chicken microchromosomes, yet do not exhibit the high GC and low repeat content that are characteristic of avian microchromosomes," the authors write.

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