Giant Panda Genome Sequenced

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An International team of scientists has sequenced the genome of the giant panda.  The findings were published this week online in the journal Nature.  This is the first genome project to rely solely on short-read next-generation sequencing technology.  This project is also the first in the bear family.  The sequencing project was able to identify that giant panda’s likely have all the necessary genetic components for a carnivorous digestive system.  Researchers speculated that the panda’s bamboo diet is influenced another aspect of its makeup, such as its taste receptors for meat.

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