Frogs. Just like us, only different.
Last week, a team of scientists led by the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute (JGI) and UC Berkeley published the first genome sequence of a frog, the western clawed frog Xenopus tropicalis, in the journal Science.
“A lot of furry animals have been sequenced, but far fewer other vertebrates,” says co-author Richard Harland, UC Berkeley professor of molecular and cell biology. “Having a complete catalog of the genes in Xenopus, along with those of humans, rats, mice and chickens, will help us reassemble the full complement of ancestral vertebrate genes.”
Read more at the California Academy of Sciences' site.