Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology Researchers Contribute to Major Breakthrough in Vertebrate Evolution

Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology Researchers Contribute to Major Breakthrough in Vertebrate Evolution

Feb 27, 2013

Stacia Sower, Wayne Decatur and Jeff Halland, colleagues in the Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology, have helped determine the first complete genome sequence for the sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus).  The genome sequence helps scientists understand the evolution of vertebrates.

The UNH researchers’ contribution to the project, which involved 36 institutions and took more than two years, drew on the Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology’s expertise in the neuroendocrine system of the lamprey. This work holds particular promise, says Sower, for better understanding the lamprey gonadotropin releasing-hormone (GnRH) receptor, which controls reproductive physiology and has potential biomedical implications.

This breakthrough work is reported in a recent issue of the prestigious journal Nature Genetics.

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