Significant milestone in New Zealand’s Predator Free 2050 research reached. Rattus rattus genome sequenced.
March 23, 2020 9:01 am
March 23 – A New Zealand – Australia collaboration has produced the first full genome sequence of Rattus rattus (ship or black rat). This new reference genome – now available to international researchers – will empower scientists working on critical questions of conservation, evolution and disease prevention. The ship rat has caused species extinctions and dramatic biodiversity loss on every island group around the world, including New Zealand, as well as spreading disease and affecting agricultural production. …more