From mice to mouse lemurs: A new model organism?

Could the tiny mouse lemur be the next big thing in genetics research? Researchers from Stanford university certainly think so, and they are using citizen science to make their case – building a living genetic library of wild lemurs in the forests of Madagascar.

CORRECTION: In the voice over at 00:06 we state that mouse lemurs are “the most abundant [primates] other than humans”. This is incorrect. The grey and brown mouse lemurs used in this work are, however, among the most abundant non-human primates on Earth. We apologise for the inaccuracy.

Read more in an associated feature: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01789-0

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Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of East Africa. At 592,800 square kilometres Madagascar is the world’s second-largest island country.

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