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House Finch Genome Data Shows Similarity to Mammal


SEATTLE--University of Washington zoologist Scott Edwards and colleagues have sequenced a region of the house finch genome, providing the largest sequence available for any songbird. The team focused on the 32,000 bases around an identified immune response gene. The research, presented in this month's issue of Genome Research, also presents the first description of a bird's genomic signature, which the researchers said is remarkably similar to mammalian signatures.

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In dozens of domestic dogs listening to wolf vocalizations, researchers in Communication Biology see responses varying with age, sex, reproductive status, and a breed's evolutionary distance from wolves.

Facial Imaging-Based Genetic Diagnoses Appears to Get Boost With Three-Dimensional Approach

With data for more than 1,900 individuals affected by a range of genetic conditions, researchers compared facial phenotype-based diagnoses informed by 2D or 3D images in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

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