[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP1092849]
Researchers Dr B Nixon; Dr HW Ecroyd; A/Prof RC Jones
Brief description As the platypus and echidna (monotremes) are our most distant relatives among living mammals, interpreting their genome is important to determine the molecular sequences in human genes that are essential for fertility, and possibly responsible for infertility. As the only country with monotremes accessible for research, Australia has a responsibility to promote the work. The research can be applied to improve the poor breeding record in zoos of these unique, iconic Australian fauna which generate considerable tourist interest. Publication of monotreme research attracts considerable publicity internationally. Publication of the platypus genome sequence in 2008 attracted headlines all over the world.
Funding Amount $270,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects