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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Completing the genome sequence of the endangered Tasmanian devil may help save it

The Tasmanian devil is known for its powerful jaws, frightening screeches and foul temper. Lately, though, it has earned a more dubious claim to fame: A strange and devastating disease is ravaging its population, pushing the world’s largest meat-eating marsupials to the edge of extinction.

Now, an international team of scientists has sequenced the Tasmanian devil genome. The results of their study appear this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Completing the genome sequence of the endangered Tasmanian devil may help save it

The Tasmanian devil is known for its powerful jaws, frightening screeches and foul temper. Lately, though, it has earned a more dubious claim to fame: A strange and devastating disease is ravaging its population, pushing the world’s largest meat-eating marsupials to the edge of extinction.

Now, an international team of scientists has sequenced the Tasmanian devil genome. The results of their study appear this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.