Chicken genome to help fowl diseases

US - The recently sequenced chicken genome will give a boost to research on diseases such as bird flu, say scientists. The U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute this week announced that the draft genome of the ancestor of domestic chickens, the red jungle fowl or Gallus gallus, was now in a public database. He said that the sequencing of the genome, which is less than half the size of the human genome, could provide a breeding tool to help eradicate bird flu from the world's chicken population.
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