I’m posting this as I run out the door, so forgive me if it is a bit brief and incomplete in explanation… but I have to share this resource/paper with you because less than 1 month ago the Macaque genome draft was released, and this publication is the first application, I know, of the draft of the Macaque genome we read about.

It is a library of unique SNPs to Macaques. SNPs stand for Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms and are defined as inter-individual variations in the genetic code at the level of one nucleotide. They help determine population similarities and differences, as well as operate as genetic landmarks useful for recombination analysis and mapping. This project was made by,

‘pyrosequenc[ing] an animal from western China to maximize diversity when compared to the draft sequence from a rhesus macaque of Indian ancestry.’

It was also made using the 454 sequencing method, famous for its application in the Neandertal genome sequencing project.

Here’s a link to the open access publication, “MamuSNP: A Resource for Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) Genomics,” and in case you ever wanna compare SNPs here’s a link to the project’s website. Okay, I gotta run, bye!