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Olm's genome discovered, to be applied in medical research

Ljubljana, 25 November - Slovenian scientists have decoded the genome of the olm, an endemic cave-dwelling aquatic salamander, based on which new possibilities could be developed in healthcare, for example to heal wounds, understand the causes of obesity and treat diabetes, a press conference heard in Ljubljana on Monday.

Ljubljana
Duncan Yu (left), director of MGI, a subsidiary of Chinese institute BGI Research, and Igor Papič, chancellor of the University of Ljubljana, shake hands at a press conference presenting the discovery of the genome of the olm.
Photo: Anja Gorenc/STA

Postojna
Baby dragon (Proteus anguinus) in the Postojna Cave.
Photo: Postojnska jama/STA
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