Sequencing the genome of the world’s most curious species

Written by Francesca Lake

Tuatara genome

Insights from the mysterious tuatara genome pave the way for conservation and more inclusive genome research. A global team including researchers from the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand), EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI; Hinxton, UK) and the Māori tribe Ngātiwai has sequenced the genome of a one-off – the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus), a rare reptile endemic to New Zealand. The tuatara genome sheds light on the mysterious background of this ancient species and could help in its conservation. The tuatara looks like a lizard – yet it is the only survivor of the Sphenodontia, a once diverse reptile family....

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