Researchers Crack the Turtle Genome

Scientists from various institutions have finally decoded the genome of western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) one of the most widespread, abundant, and well-studied turtles globally. Based on the data,just like the turtle's slow movement, and rate of genomic evolution was also very slow compared to other animals.

The painted turtle are known to be as the most anoxia-tolerant vertebrate and has the ability to survive up to four months underwater, depending on the temperature. According to the authors of the study, the genome of the painted turtle may give relevant insights into the management of several human health disorderssuch as anoxia and hypothermia.

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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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