April 21, 2020  |  

Decoding dragon DNA.

Authors: Clyde, Dorothy

Monitor lizards (genus Varanus) have a number of characteristics that differentiate them from other squamates (snakes and lizards), including their unique cardiovascular systems and metabolism. Now, a paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution reports the genome sequence of the largest extant varanid — the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) — and describes genomic features that may underlie its distinct physiology.

Journal: Nature reviews. Genetics
DOI: 10.1038/s41576-019-0168-5
Year: 2019

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