Secrets of the Pufferfish Could Help Scientists Unravel Human Genome; RESEARCH: Information 'Will Be Instrumental in Fight against Genetic Disease'
Byline: JON RADOWITZ
A POISONOUS tropical fish eaten as a delicacy in Japan could provide key clues for scientists unravelling the secrets of the human genome.
A team of researchers from the UK, US and Singapore said yesterday that they had completed the first draft of the genetic blueprint of the pufferfish (Fugu rubripes).
The project is the biggest gene mapping exercise since the programme to sequence the human genome.
Scientists are keen to work out the DNA patterns of the pufferfish because they could provide an invaluable tool for deciphering human genes.
The pufferfish is only the second vertebrate animal genome to be sequenced …
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Publication information: Article title: Secrets of the Pufferfish Could Help Scientists Unravel Human Genome; RESEARCH: Information 'Will Be Instrumental in Fight against Genetic Disease'. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales). Publication date: October 26, 2001. Page number: 8. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2001 Gale Group.
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