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Crocodile genome fully sequenced

The genome of the saltwater crocodile has been fully sequenced as a result of an international scientific collaboration which included researchers from the University of Sydney.

The Sydney team can now use the information garnered from the sequencing to improve crocodile breeding techniques, a development which would be a boon to the Australian crocodile industry.

While a genome map had previously been completed for the crocodile, the difference between this map and the new sequencing was described by one researcher as “the difference between having a map of Australia on a single page and [having] a detailed street directory”.

Read more at University of Sydney