Our Not-So-Distant Relatives: Kangaroos

Scientists decode marsupial's genome, find much in common with humans
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2008 4:26 PM CST
A group of curious kangaroos feed at the Lucas Heights Nuclear Science Testing Facility in Sydney, Australia.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The kangaroo genome has much in common with that of humans, the Telegraph reports. Scientists in Australia, under the auspices of the Centre of Excellence for Kangaroo Genomics, have completed mapping the marsupial’s genetic code. “There are a few differences, we have a few more of this, a few less of that,” one researcher said, “but they are the same genes and a lot of them are in the same order.”