The black flying fox was one of two bat species selected by the researchers for comparative whole-genome analysis in this study
David’s myotis, a tiny insectivorous bat native to China, was one of two bat species selected by the researchers for comparative whole-genome analysis
Scientists believe the genes of virus-resistant and long-living wild bats might hold clues to treating cancer and infectious diseases in humans. The theory is that when bats started flying millions of years ago, something changed in their DNA that provides resistance to viruses and helps give them a relatively long life. The researchers hope a better understanding of bat evolution could lead to new treatments for disease and aging in humans.
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