The UK MRC funds the Comparative Genomics
Group at the School of Biological & Chemical
Sciences, QMUL. The group, headed by Greg Elgar, is involved in a number
of projects geared towards understanding sequence data generated by
the human genome project. Fugu rubripes (the Japanese puffer
fish) is particularly suited to this kind of analysis because whilst
its 400Mb genome is eight times smaller than human's, it has a similar
repertoire of genes. These genome characteristics along with the large
evolutionary distance between bony fish and mammals make Fugu a useful
tool for studying gene evolution (see
Elgar et al 1999
and Aparicio et al 2002).
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