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Dingo Wins The World's Most Interesting Genome Competition (smithsonianmag.com) 14

An anonymous reader shares a report: It sounds like an argument scientists might have during a night of drinking: Which creature has the most interesting genome in the world? But the question is more than a passing musing. San Francisco biotech company Pacific Biosciences held a public competition to determine which critter should receive the honor. The winner: Sandy Maliki, an Australian desert dingo. The company will now sequence the dingo's genome to help researchers study animal domestication. Sandy beat out four other interesting finalists in the competition, receiving 41 percent of the public votes, which were cast from around the world. This is the fourth year the company has sponsored the competition. The company invites researchers to send in grant proposals explaining why the interesting plants and animals they study should be sequenced. Then a committee of scientists whittles the entries down to five finalists for the final public vote.
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Dingo Wins The World's Most Interesting Genome Competition

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  • prior art
  • Not to put too fine a point on it, but this news was posted everywhere else a day or so back. Slashdot may want to upgrade those 1200-bps modems. I respect the importance that Hayes and U.S. Robotics had 30 years ago, but I don't need another "yesterday's news today" site.

    "Editors" like msmash, who barely seem to understand English to begin with, are really not helping. Not that Slashies ever had much of anyone who took the title of "editor" as meaning anything other than as a point on their McDonald's appl

    • by sconeu ( 64226 )

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      • You may have forgotten my first account. I certainly did, and I didn't record it. But, either come in and have a beer or get the hell off my lawn. I guess you could do both. Show me your I.D., I don't serve kids.

        • by sconeu ( 64226 )

          No insult intended.... As you apparently know, Slashdot has been old news for years and years.

  • Did IMDB handle the voting?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I have an American Dingo (discovered as native to South Carolina about 50 years ago) and she's the most interesting dog I've ever met. She is crazy intelligent but way less loyal to me than she is to herself.

    American Dingo DNA branched off from domestic dogs thousands of years ago so they evolved differently and are far more primitive than modern domesticated dogs.

    But, she's cool AF.

  • Dingo (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    The only thing I know about Dingos is that they are notorious baby kidnappers. Never give an Australian Dingo a US Visa. We need extreme vetting. As in veterinarianing.

  • A dingo is a loser with horrible ratings. I have the most interesting genome, believe me. Dingos (bad) only wish they had my genome.

  • If the genome hasn't been sequenced yet, then how can we know if its genome is or will be interesting or not?

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