Future of the Environment

How the Great White Shark's genes may help to fight cancer

UNDATED FILE PICTURE - A Great White Shark swims past a diving cage off Gansbaai about 200 kilometres east of Cape Town. Hunted to the brink of extinction in the 1970's and 1980's, the Great White is now a protected specis in many parts of the world. In South Africa shark cage diving forms a growing business in the eco- and adventure tourism industries. **POOR QUALITY DOCUMENT** - PBEAHULOFBL

By decoding the shark's genome, scientists hope to glean new insight into the mechanisms behind these healing powers. Image: REUTERS

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Scientists are still figuring out the applications of genome sequencing, but it offers unprecedented insight into species' resistance to disease, for example.
Scientists are still figuring out the applications of genome sequencing, but it offers unprecedented insight into species' resistance to disease, for example. Image: REUTERS/Larry Downing
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