CBSE researchers contribute to pioneering study published in Nature comparing 13 vertebrate genomes

Thursday, August 14, 2003

David Haussler's group at UCSC has participated in one of the most novel and extensive comparisons of vertebrate genomic sequences performed to date. In an article published today in the journal Nature, a team led by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) reported results that demonstrate how such comparisons can reveal functionally important parts of the human genome beyond the genes themselves.

The multi-species approach also offers a glimpse of the evolution of the human genome.

The researchers compared the sequence of the same large genomic region in 13 vertebrate species. The organisms included human, chimpanzee, baboon, cat, dog, cow, pig, rat, mouse, chicken, zebra fish, and two species of puffer fish.