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Ooh. Chimp chromosome 22's been finished and published.

The paper describing it's here (courtesy of Nature, of course), for those who are interested. It's the counterpart of human chromosome 21, although about 1% smaller due to lower numbers of transposon remnants.

Interestingly, a large majority of the centres involved in this are far-eastern - 5 in Japan, 3 in Taiwan, 2 in China and one in Korea. And 4 in Germany. They seem from the paper to have used a purely heirarchical clone-shotgun approach rather than having any whole-genome shotgun element. In a major departure from practice on the human project, the DNA donors are identified by name - Clint, Donald and Gon.
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(Anonymous)
"In a major departure from practice on the human project, the DNA donors are identified by name - Clint, Donald and Gon."

Seeing as they are the names of the chimps, i'd have to agree ;)