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Date: Wed, 7 May 2008 13:15:38 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Platypus Genome Decoded
Platypus Genome Decoded
The curious discovery of the duck-billed, egg-laying, otter-footed, beaver-tailed, venomous platypus in Australia in 1798 convinced British scientists that it must be a hoax. Sketches of its appearance were thought to be impossible.
But new research proves that the oddness of the platypus' looks isn't just skin-deep. Platypus DNA is an equally cobbled-together array of avian, reptilian and mammalian lineages that may hold clues for human disease prevention.
Mark Batzer and Andrew ...
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