Dr. Xuming Zhou has been awarded 'Natural Sciences award' of Hunan province.
Goddess of the Yangtze---baiji
Dr. Xuming Zhou has been awarded 1st 'BGI ocean Young scientist'.
Fit for porpoise: Gene changes made 'river pig' unique
China's critically endangered Yangtze River porpoise is a distinct species, meaning it cannot interbreed with other porpoise types to pass on its DNA, a major analysis of the creature's genome revealed on Tuesday. The finless, dolphin-like creature, which sports a permanent, almost human grin on its snub-nosed face, is the world's only freshwater porpoise. Read More
Genetics: How the Yangtze finless porpoise adapted to freshwater
Genes that may explain how finless porpoises came to inhabit the Yangtze river are described this week in Nature Communications. Unlike their ocean-dwelling relatives, the critically endangered Yangtze porpoises are adapted to freshwater and harbor genetic variants that could account for changes in kidney function and maintain the right balance of water and salts in the blood. Read More
Secrets of how primates can live at extreme altitude revealed
It can be lonely at the top. Snub-nosed monkeys live at a higher altitude than any other non-human primate – but they are also among the rarest of all primates. The latest genomic analyses may help to explain exactly how they have adapted to life in the thin air found in their habitat and perhaps inform their conservation. Read More
New study reveals adaptations for snub-nosed monkeys
In a heroic effort, researchers have now sequenced, assembled and analyzed the mutations in the genomes of 38 wild snub-nosed monkeys (from genome mapping of 42 individuals: 27 golden, four gray, two Myanmar and nine black) from four different endangered species of snub-nosed monkeys -- the largest investigation into primate genomics outside of the great apes. Read More
Genome study of functional extinct species