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Mouse becomes first mammalian research organism with decoded genome

Mouse decoded genome

Mouse becomes first mammalian research organism with decoded genome

In 2002, the international Mouse Genome Sequencing Consortium announced their publication of a high-quality draft sequence of the mouse genome. Scientists were able, for the first time, to compare and contrast the human genome sequences with those of another mammal. This milestone was all the more significant because of the widespread use of the laboratory mouse as an animal model for studying human disease. Among other informative discoveries, researchers reported that more than 90 percent of the mouse genome could be aligned with corresponding regions of the human genome, and each of the two genomes seemed to contain close to 30,000 protein-coding genes.
2002