Saturday, 5 August 2017

A Mysterious Emu Gene Could Help Humans With Health Abnormalities

Emus are big, fluffy, flightless birds found only in Australia. They are also the biggest dufuses in the animal kingdom, and are constantly getting themselves caught up in all sorts of tomfoolery, which is documented in obscure subreddits. Now, Australian researchers at Monash University might have found another reason to love these giant goofballs - a gene that appears to control their wing development may one day help humans born with limb abnormalities.
Emus come from a group of running birds called ratites, which includes the oldest modern living birds. While they have wings — just eight inches (20 cm) in length — the big birds don't use them for flying. According to Parks Victoria, emus use their wings for cooling down in the Australian heat.-read more

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