Songbird Genome Analysis Reveals New Insights – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Until recently, the only bird to have its entire genome mapped has been the chicken. Thanks to scientists at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Human Genome Research Institute, the zebra finch now has its genome mapped as well. Dr. Story Landis, NINDS director explains that by comparing the zebra finch genome to the human genome, scientists hope to better understand various human diseases, such as Parkinson’s.
Landis: One of the major systems that's involved in songbird learning is a dopaminergic system, a dopamine system, and that’s the same system that's actually disrupted in Parkinson's disease.
Narrator: For details on this study, visit www.ninds.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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