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October 28, 2020 Wednesday 03:01:26 PM IST

Project for whole genome sequencing of extinct flightless birds

Science Innovations

The University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology will begin whole genome sequencing of extinct flightless birds, including the dodo and its sister taxa, the Rodrigues solitaire. The whole genome sequencing project is being funded by a donation from Joseph Hernandez, a healthcare and biotech entrepreneurial leader, who has shown a continued interest in the dodo and in answering question about evolutionary trajectories of flightless birds. Professor Tim Coulson, Joint Head of the Oxford Department of Zoology, says, ‘Discovering Joe’s love of the dodo was completely fortuitous, but it led to him viewing the Oxford dodo, which is the best-preserved dodo specimen in the world.The researchers hope to produce a suite of comparative genomes that will be used to test the idea of convergence at the level of the genome for flightlessness and other common features found in island forms. Additionally, the genomes will be available for research to further examine connections between phenotypes and genotypes across the avian tree of life.

Read More: https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-10-27-project-whole-genome-sequencing-extinct-flightless-birds

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