The white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) will be the next species of primate to get its genome sequenced by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in Bethesda, Maryland, accoridng to ScienceNOW Daily News. After decoding the human and chimpanzee sequence, the NHGRI has seen how the benefits of related genomes have helped medicine and other sciences; so the insititution has planned to sequence rhesus macaque, marmoset, orangutan, and gorilla genomes.
The work should help researchers understand primate and human evolution and the role of genes in disease, because related genomes provide a relative point of understanding what is a genetic difference between human and non-human primate and what is a genetic disease. The NHGRI plans to have the genome sequenced by three years…. but I think it will be done sooner.