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puffer fish genome sequenced with human
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puffer fish genome sequenced with human

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9/23/2003 11:33:05 PM

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U all will be surprised to know that genome of puffer fish is same as humans!!the genome size of puffer fish is 1/8th of that of human hence its very compact and with lack of junk DNA..so puffer fish can be used in drug design for humans..previously ZEBRA FISH,mouse..had the same DNA has the humans but the similarity between the humans and that of puffer fish is very much same..In japan people do consume this fish..but there were poison cases found after consumption..so US FDA has banned its supply in JAPAN..the poison substance found in this fish was TETRODOXIN(non-protein molecule)..which will block the sodium channel..since sodium channel is very useful for heart blood flow..if it gets blocked there chances of paralaytic attack..so this fish has one disadvantage but it too has advantages..as the COIN HAS TWO SIDES..research is still going on this fish..this is one of the RARE FORMS OF COMPARISION BETWEEN FISH AND HUMAN..this is proved by phylogenetic anlaysis..



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