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The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced

Original story at The Atlantic• 2 mentions • 1 week ago

The Atlantic 1 week ago

 
When humans first settled in New Zealand in the 13th century, they found a wonderland of strange creatures—including a green, bumbling parrot with the face of an owl and the mien of an old gentleman. That was the kakapo—the world’s largest parrot, and its only flightless one. It had a set of endearing traits—a disc of whisker-like facial feathers, a ponderous slow-motion gait, and a habit of awkwardly climbing trees with its beak and large wings—that made it easy to love. It also had a set of unfortunate traits—an inability to fly, a naïveté toward danger, a distinctive earthy smell,
 
 
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13 Sep
Jonathan Eisen @phylogenomics
RT @edyong209: The kakapo will soon become the first species where every single individual's genome is sequenced. https://t.co/SQMbb83FEo
13 Sep
Ed Yong @edyong209
The kakapo will soon become the first species where every single individual's genome is sequenced. https://t.co/SQMbb83FEo