Sunday, December 1, 2019
A small species of mammal native to Madagascar is being studied in the hopes of it becoming a new model organism. The mouse lemur is a very small primate that is also extremely abundant. Several labs have already begun decoding the genome of the species and will try to publish their findings soon with the hopes of using the mouse lemur as a closer model organism for humans. The genome is believed to be more similar to humans than the mouse that is currently used by the majority of researchers.
This research seemed quite important to me as model organisms are very important to understanding the research done in genetics. If the mouse lemur is a new model organism it can help pharmaceutical research and genetics research. The mouse lemur also made me laugh when I saw him so that was the main reason I chose this article.