Researchers Sequence Tiniest Insect Genome

August 13, 2014 12:22 PM

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Researchers are surprised after sequencing the genome of the Antarctic midge, as it is the tiniest insect genome ever sequenced. The bug has just 99 million base pairs of nucleotides, which is smaller than the body genome of the body louse with 105 million base pairs.

Washington State University genomics researcher Joanna Kelley said the Antarctic midge survives the harsh condition of Antarctic. It remains frozen in ice for most of its life and is the largest terrestrial animal in Antarctica.

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