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Decoding the Genome of the Tammar Wallaby

Wallaby neonate

The wallaby genome contains 1500 genes associated with smell, which the neonate uses to locate a teat in its mother’s pouch.

By Tony Papenfuss & Marilyn Renfree

The sequencing of the tammar wallaby genome has provided fascinating insights into its unique reproductive and immune systems.

Tony Papenfuss and Marilyn Renfree are with the Bioinformatic Division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and the University of Melbourne’s Department of Zoology.

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