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Defensins and the convergent evolution of platypus and reptile venom genes.

Abstract:

When the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) was first discovered, it was thought to be a taxidermist's hoax, as it has a blend of mammalian and reptilian features. It is a most remarkable mammal, not only because it lays eggs but also because it is venomous. Rather than delivering venom through a bite, as do snakes and shrews, male platypuses have venomous spurs on each hind leg. The platypus genome sequence provides a unique opportunity to unravel the evolutionary history of many of these i...

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10.1101/gr.7149808

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Whittington, CM More by this author
Papenfuss, AT More by this author
Torres, AM More by this author
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Journal:
Genome research
Volume:
18
Issue:
6
Pages:
986-994
Publication date:
2008-06-05
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EISSN:
1549-5469
ISSN:
1088-9051
URN:
uuid:a19d686d-3148-44d9-86cf-9e5da554492b
Source identifiers:
238877
Local pid:
pubs:238877

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