The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into space in 1990, and since then it has allowed astronomers to look back in time and observe things that happened millions of years ago in space. Researchers from the Centre for Genomic Regulation believe they have now created an equivalent tool that will allow us to peer back into our long distant past using genomics.
The tool is capable of comparing 1.4 million genomic sequences at the same time. The researchers hope that it will be able to help clarify how life evolved over hundreds of millions of years by comparing similarities and differences in genomic sequences. This new tool will allow researchers to dig ten times deeper than existing technology has allowed.
This new tool, as well as allowing researchers to look back at evolutionary history, may also allow researchers to learn more about areas of DNA that are not currently well understood. A better understanding of these genomic regions could lead to development of new medications, play a role in ecology and conservation, or lead to discoveries we have not yet even imagined.
Source: Drug Discovery and Development
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