Mixing Mammals

By outfitting mice with a chunk of DNA that directs wing development in bats, scientists have created rodents with abnormally long forelimbs, mimicking one of the steps in the evolution of the bat wing. Their work gives weight to the idea that variations in how genes are controlled, and not just mutations in the coding regions of genes, are a driving force in evolution. The slightly longer forelimbs of the transgenic mice "make them more batlike," says Nipam Patel, a professor of molecular and...Full Story
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