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A consortium has finished a draft sequence of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) genome, revealing that the unique creature has elements of both reptilian and mammalian genomes. The semi-aquatic monotreme “occupies a lonely twig at the end of a sparse branch of the vertebrate evolutionary tree,” a news article writes.

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