Thursday, April 12, 2007
Rhesus Monkey Genome and T. rex Protein
A couple of hot developments in genetics and evolution. First, the latest issue of Science is devoted to the genome of the Rhesus Monkey and there is a great online spread on the Rhesus genome here. Turns out that this genome has lots to say about evolution and also treatment of human diseases. Next, scientists have actually sequenced a collagen protein from Tyrannosaurus rex. The sequence is consistent with the hypothesis that dinosaurs and birds are closely related. See this report from the NY Times.