Dr. Mumtaz Baig, Associate Professor in the Department of Zoology of the Institute in association with Professor Jeremy Searle of prestigious 14th ranked Cornell University, the USA in the world deciphered the origin of black rat.
This breakthrough research has been published in prestigious journal, Biological Invasion published by Nature-Springer. The duo compared the DNA of black rats from India, Eurasia, Americas, and Australia and provided genetic evidence in support of dispersal of black rat “Out of India”.
Through DNA, the researcher shows how black rat moved out of India by ship routes from ancient Indus valley, to Arabian Peninsula and to Europe and to Americas. The research is of great significance for the bio-medical, archeological and genetic fields. Director of the Institute Dr. S. G. Gupta lauded the efforts of Dr. Baig and co-researchers.
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