Human Diseases Mirrored in Rat Genome The laboratory rat rattus norvegicus may become even more useful to researchers studying human disease, as researchers find that almost every human gene related to disease has a rat-gene counterpart. Analysis of the rat genome, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is expected to aid development of new drugs. NPR's Richard Harris reports.
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The laboratory rat rattus norvegicus may become even more useful to researchers studying human disease, as researchers find that almost every human gene related to disease has a rat-gene counterpart. Analysis of the rat genome, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, is expected to aid development of new drugs. NPR's Richard Harris reports.