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Trends Genet. 1996 Apr;12(4):145-50.

Small is beautiful: comparative genomics with the pufferfish (Fugu rubripes).

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Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK.


As the Human Genome Project advances, it is clear that the emphasis will switch from accumulation of data to their interpretation. Comparative genomics provides a powerful way in which to analyse sequence data. Indeed, there is already a long list of 'model' organisms, which allow comparative analyses in a variety of ways. The very small vertebrate genome of the pufferfish provides a simple and economical way of comparing sequence data from mammals and fish, representing a large evolutionary divergence and so permitting the identification of essential elements that are still present in both species. These elements include genes and the associated machinery that controls their expression; elements that, in many cases, have survived the test of time.

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