UC Berkeley scientists sequence frog genome

April 29, 2010 7:18:55 PM PDT
For the first time, scientists have sequenced the genome of an amphibian.

Scientists at UC Berkeley and the Defense Department teamed up on the project. They say the frog genome has more similarities to humans than you might think.

At least 1,700 genes in the African Clawed Frog are similar to the genes in all of us, and some are the same as those associated with cancer and heart disease in humans.

Finding that connection means that the frogs could help researchers learn more about how to treat those diseases in people.