We Are Family, My Kangaroo Sisters and Me
I am not sure to what degree this article: "Kangaroo Genes Close to Humans" is new newsy news. It's one of those things where, had it gone the other way, we'd all be ooo-ing and ah-ing about the amazing genetic diversity of life. Having it go this way is alright too, although slightly less novel and spectacular. You just don't know until you do the experiment, right?
The quotes are just so good, who could resist running with it ...
"Australia's kangaroos are genetically similar to humans and may have first evolved in China, Australian researchers said Tuesday."
This work was done by the Centre of Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics, in Australia which is now the site of my dream job.
"There are a few differences, we have a few more of this, a few less of that, but they are the same genes and a lot of them are in the same order," centre Director Jenny Graves told reporters in Melbourne.
"We thought they'd be completely scrambled, but they're not. There is great chunks of the human genome which is sitting right there in the kangaroo genome," Graves said
Humans and kangaroos last shared an ancestor at least 150 million years ago, the researchers found, while mice and humans diverged from one another only 70 million years ago.
Baby it's truuuuuee, me and yooooouuu, we are kangaroooooo!
Just makes me want to hop with joy.