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2019-01-29. Seeking Superpowers in the Axolotl Genome.

posted Jan 30, 2019, 8:12 PM by Alan Gould
By Steph Yin, The New York Times. [https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/29/science/axolotl-dna-genome-sequence.html] For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 4. Excerpt: The smiling salamanders can regrow most of their body parts, so researchers are building improved maps of their DNA. ...Threatened by habitat degradation and imported fish, they can only be found in the canals of Lake Xochimilco, in the far south of Mexico City. Captive axolotls, however, are thriving in labs around the world. In a paper published Thursday in Genome Research, a team of researchers has reported the most complete assembly of DNA yet for the striking amphibians. Their work paves the way for advances in human regenerative medicine....