Gibbon genome sheds new light on origin of human diseases

September 12, 2014 3:30 AM

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Gibbon genome sheds new light on origin of human diseases

The newly sequenced gibbon genome reveals an unusually high number of chromosomal breaks and rearrangements that may help scientists better understand the development of genetic diseases in humans.

A team of scientists for the first time has sequenced the genome of the gibbon, an endangered small ape closely related to humans that lives in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. The project is providing new insight into the gibbon’s evolution and shedding light on the genetic basis of human di...

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