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DNA Sequenced for Parrots’ Ability to Parrot
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DURHAM, NC – Scientists say they have assembled more completely the string of genetic letters that could control how well parrots learn to imitate their owners and other sounds.

The research team unraveled the specific regions of the parrots’ genome using a new technology, single molecule sequencing, and fixing its flaws with data from older DNA-decoding devices. The team also decoded hard-to-sequence genetic material from corn and bacteria as proof of their new sequencing approach.

The results of the study appeared online July 1 in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

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Single molecule sequencing “got a lot of hype last year” because it generates long sequencing reads, “supposedly making it easier to assemble complex parts of the genome,” said Duke University neurobiologist Erich Jarvis, a co-author of the study.

Read more at Duke Today

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