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giraffe genome sequenced

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The giraffe genome has been sequenced and compared to its nearest relative, the okapi. It appears that a relatively small number of genes are responsible for the extremely large differences in skeletal structure, physiology, and metabolism between the two species.

The paper is available here: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160517/ncomms11519/full/ncomms11519.html

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