Scientists led by the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis have cracked the genetic code of the chicken. The first bird to be deciphered, it is discovered that there are an estimated 20 to 23 thousand genes, sharing about 60 percent of them with humans as well as a common ancestor that lived over 310 million years ago.
This is great news, as it may provide answers to curing some human diseases. It also means Humpty Dumpty will finally be put together again.
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