Sunday, April 6, 2008

Next Genome Project:Giant Panda

Cardiff University will team up with international colleagues in the first genome project of an endangered species, the giant panda. "Giant Panda Genome Project" will map out the genes of the 'living fossil' and help to understand giant panda's unique adaptations, including its dietary specialization of eating the bamboo shoots. Giant panda has 20 00-30 000 genes which is almost similar to the size of human genome. This maybe can help researchers to investigate more on diseases affecting humans and its link to genome size. The giant pandas are known to be related to ancestors existed 8 million years ago in China. Doing a genome project on panda can be a helping hand to prevent the extinction of giant pandas.

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