Scientists have suspected for a long time that studying the genes of other species could be very useful for understanding our own. A new study conducted by European investigators establishes this as fact.
The joint team was based at the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, and published its results in the May 17 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLoS Computational Biology, which is edited by the Public Library of Science.
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“Our work corroborates the assumption that studying the genes of other species – whether mice, yeast, or even bacteria – can elucidate aspects of human biology,” EMBL-EBI expert Christophe Dessimoz says.