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First Dinosaur Genome Sequence Available ;)


Chicken Genome Assembled
First Avian Genome Now Available to Scientists Worldwide

BETHESDA, Md., Mon., March 1, 2004 - The National Human Genome Research
Institute (NHGRI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today
announced that the first draft of the chicken genome sequence has been
deposited into free public databases for use by biomedical and
agricultural researchers around the globe.

A team led by Richard Wilson, Ph.D., from the Washington University School
of Medicine in St. Louis successfully assembled the genome of the Red
Jungle Fowl, Gallus gallus, which is the ancestor of domestic chickens.
Comprised of about 1 billion DNA base pairs, the chicken genome is the
first avian genome to be sequenced.