06/11/2009

Elephants trunk & Leopard's spots

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Ever wondered how the Elephant got its trunk and how the leopard got its spots?

The same thought has assailed a group of eminent biologists.
Unravelling the DNA sequences of the many species of vertebrates will help science to explain how the leopard got its spots, how the elephant came by its trunk and how the bat learned to fly, the researchers said.

A group of eminent biologists have proposed that the "Genome 10K" project to decode 10,000 genomes – from frogs, fish and snakes, to birds, whales and monkeys – would enable scientists to tell the 600-million-year story of how vertebrates evolved from a single marine organism with the first prototype backbone into the plethora of lifeforms in the land, sea and air.


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