Texas A&M team unravels macaw genome

05/9/2013 | ScienceDaily

For the first time, the complete genome of a scarlet macaw has been sequenced, under the direction of genetics researcher Christopher Seabury and veterinarian Ian Tizard at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. With only 1 billion DNA bases, the scarlet macaw's genome contains only one-third the amount of DNA in mammals, researchers said. The genome will help scientists study other species and may provide insights for avian conservation.

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