Life is getting interesting for people who study mammalian genomes. Most value in genomics comes from comparative studies, which means that more sequences and more diversity is the key.
This week in Nature, the marsupials join the list. More specifically the short-tailed opossum, Monodelphis domestica, from South America. It provides some interesting insights into mammalian evolution, which are nicely summarised by Carl Zimmer. Not much comment elsewhere in Nature though.
These articles are normally followed by a flurry of papers in Genome Research (next issue June), so keep an eye out.
Update: see GR in advance for 3 papers