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Flock of Geneticists Redraws Bird Family Tree

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Birds, National Museum of Natural History

Birds at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., showcase some of the species that have had their genomes sequenced.

Credit: AAAS/Carla Schaffer

Evolutionary geneticist Tom Gilbert was sipping a coffee in Madrid five years ago when an idea hit him—literally. "A pigeon crapped on me," he says, "and I thought to myself, 'Huh, pigeons.'"

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