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By Patricia J. Armati, Chris R. Dickman, Ian D. Hume

The final two decades have visible many interesting discoveries resulting in major advancements in our figuring out of marsupial biology. Marsupials are rising as version organisms in experiences of existence historical past evolution, growing older and senescence, intercourse selection and the advance and regeneration of the fearful approach. This quantity presents a synthesis of modern advancements in marsupial biology, bringing jointly wisdom at the moment scattered througout the first literature.

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The problem we often have, however, is that the DNA sequences of some loci have diverged so greatly between marsupials and human or mouse, that the two sequences hardly recognise each other. The weak hybridisation of eutherian probes to marsupial sequences makes for weak signals when screening libraries. Another problem is that many loci belong to families of loci with very similar sequences, and it is only too easy to clone a related member rather than the one you really want. For instance, when the cloned human sex-determining locus SRY was used to clone the homologous locus from marsupials, the first several clones isolated were the related SOX loci, which had diverged less and hybridised more strongly to the probe (Foster et al.

This was considered incredible at first, but Fig. 1b shows the introns in the β-globin of the small marsupial Sminthopsis crassicaudata (the fat-tailed dunnart). Many non-coding sequences are easily detected because they are very short, and are repeated hundreds or thousands of times in the genome. Some large blocks of repetitive DNA are even detectable under the microscope because their high copy number means that on heating and slow cooling they are the first to find a partner and reanneal into double-stranded DNA.

The beauty of this strategy is that the recombinant molecule, insert and all, continues to be replicated by the unsuspecting bacterium, and billions of identical copies of it can be recovered from the colony (‘clone’) of bacteria descended from the original bacterial cell. The raw material for cloning genes is called a DNA library. A library is a pool of mammalian DNA fragments, all recombined into a small, self-replicating genome such as a bacterium’s DNA. There are two main kinds of DNA library, depending on whether the starting material is total marsupial genomic DNA or ‘cDNA’, which is DNA sequences derived only from loci that are actively transcribing RNA.

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