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Did you know

that a small number of sequences extracted from extinct organisms have been deposited at GenBank? These include DNA from the Neanderthal man, the woolly mammoth, the saber-toothed cat, and several giant New Zealand birds (moas) among others. A more complete list of extinct organisms that are represented in the public sequence database can be found here.


These are direct links to some of the organisms commonly used in molecular research projects:

Arabidopsis thaliana Escherichia coli Pneumocystis carinii
Bos taurus Hepatitis C virus Rattus norvegicus
Caenorhabditis elegans Homo sapiens Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Mus musculus Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Danio rerio (zebrafish) Mycoplasma pneumoniae Takifugu rubripes
Dictyostelium discoideum Oryza sativa Xenopus laevis
Drosophila melanogaster Plasmodium falciparum Zea mays

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