Genome Sequencing Study of Birds and Crocodiles conducted to reveal Secrets of Dinosaurs

Genome Sequencing Study of Birds and Crocodiles conducted to reveal Secrets of Dinosaurs

In an attempt to reveal the secrets of dinosaurs, the researchers have sequenced the genomes of 48 bird and three crocodile species. These two have been chosen as both the groups share a common ancestor that lived around 240 million years ago and also formed the base for the dinosaur species.

About this, the researchers at the University of Arizona reported that the findings so generated shed light on the evolution of living species that descended from dinosaurs that survived the mass extinction that occurred 66 million years ago.

To generate substantial findings the researchers stored the genomic data on CoGe. It is a comparative genomics platform that is powered by the iPlant Collaborative. CoGe is a freely accessible online platform that allows researchers to store and share entire genomes and study them as well.

Fiona McCarthy, an associate professor at the University of Arizona and a researcher in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said, "CoGe can make everything more efficient so that you can find exactly what you're looking for and compare information between sequences. We're looking to understand a lot about vertebrate evolution and development as a whole".

McCarthy stated that by comparing genetic information between species on CoGe, researchers can use birds and other animals to understand more about human health and development.

McCarthy added that by comparing genetic information between species on CoGe, researchers can use birds and other animals to understand more about human health and development. Also, these findings so generated can further lead to a number of new studies that could even lead to medical breakthroughs.

This bird and crocodile genome sequencing project was a funded collaboration by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Agriculture, in addition to grants to individual research groups.

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