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From Farmyard to the Lab

Science  23 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6110, pp. 1022-1023
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6110.1022

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On a tidy farm in the mountains of northwest Vietnam, Chinese biologist Jianlin Han expertly grabs a nervous red jungle fowl recently captured in this region's quickly disappearing forest. The bird—which sports a long and dangerously sharp spur—is part of Han's hands-on effort to breed better animals to benefit the rural poor, while at the same time gathering a massive data set to understand the genetic underpinnings of the domestic chicken.