May 17, 2023 | biology, earth and environment

About this episode

The genetic secrets to extraordinary longevity, superhero-like healing and regeneration, and resistance to feeding disorders could be found hidden within the Earth. In underground caves in Dinaric Karst along the Adriatic Sea in the Western Balkans lives a cave salamander, the olm, whose remarkable adaptations mean its genome holds great promise for biomedical research. Dr Rok Kostanjšek and an international team of scientists at the Proteus Genome Research Consortium are tackling the challenge of sequencing the huge olm genome, to provide the basis for studying its unique genetic characteristics. More

Original Article Reference

This Audio is a summary of the paper ‘Toward the massive genome of Proteus anguinus – illuminating longevity, regeneration, convergent evolution, and metabolic disorders’, in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.  


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