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House Finch Genome Data Shows Similarity to Mammal

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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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