Special Online Collection: The Macaque Genome

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The Macaque GenomeIn the 13 April 2007 issue, Science unveils the genome sequence of one of biology's most important model organisms -- the rhesus macaque monkey (Macaca mulatta). In Science, a Research Article and four Reports, as well as two News stories, detail the biomedical and evolutionary insights gained from the macaque genome, only the third primate genome to be completed after human and chimpanzee. Online, an interactive poster enhanced with images, discussions, and videos explores the significance of the rhesus macaque and its draft genome sequence to studies of primate biology and evolution. Accompanying the online feature is an educational resource for high school biology teachers, which includes teacher background information, a lesson plan, and student worksheet. [Note: All articles in the Science rhesus macaque special section, as well as the interactive poster and teaching resource, are free to all site visitors.]

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In Science


A Barrel of Monkey Genes>
L. M. Zahn, B. R. Jasny, E. Culotta, and E. Pennisi


Boom Time for Monkey Research>
E. Pennisi
Genomicists Tackle the Primate Tree>
E. Pennisi


Evolutionary and Biomedical Insights from the Rhesus Macaque Genome>
Rhesus Macaque Genome Sequencing and Analysis Consortium


Human-Specific Changes of Genome Structure Detected by Genomic Triangulation>
R. A. Harris, J. Rogers, and A. Milosavljevic
Mobile DNA in Old World Monkeys: A Glimpse Through the Rhesus Macaque Genome>
K. Han et al.
Demographic Histories and Patterns of Linkage Disequilibrium in Chinese and Indian Rhesus Macaques>
R. D. Hernandez et al.
Evolutionary Formation of New Centromeres in Macaque>
M. Ventura et al.


Interactive Poster/Video

Macaque Genome interactive poster

We've put together a special interactive version of the Macaque Genome poster from the print Science, with larger-format images, additional text, and video interviews on the broad biomedical and evolutionary themes that the genome raises. There's also a special teaching resource to accompany the poster (see below).

Teaching Resource

Macaque Genome teaching resource

Attention educators: To accompany this special issue and its interactive poster, we've created an educational resource for high school biology courses that includes background and context-setting material as well as a lesson plan and questions for students to consider while exploring the online poster. [More information on the teaching resource]


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