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Dr. Mark Chaisson Published a High-Quality Genome Assembly of the Pacific Blue Whale

Dr. Mark Chaisson, together with an international team of researchers from the Morgridge Institute, NOAA, and USC have published a high-quality genome assembly of the Pacific blue whale in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.  The comparative analysis of contrasting genomes of the blue whale as the largest cetacean and vaquita as the smallest one shows that the blue whale genome contains significantly more duplicated genes, revealing candidate genes that could influence body size. Read the paper here.


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