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Welcome to the Kunming Institute of Zoology

Located in the Indo-Burma biodiversity hotspot, the Kunming Institute of Zoology serves as a center for research on the diverse biological resources of southwestern China, the Eastern Himalayas and Southeast Asia. The institute’s main research priorities are evolutionary genetics and genomics; conservation and utilization of animal genetic resources, including domesticated animals; development of animal models for human disease mechanisms and new pharmaceuticals; and stem cell applications.

32 Research Groups | 330+ Students | 430+ Staff
 
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How centipedes slay giant prey

  Centipede rapidly subdues Kunming mouse
  This study uncovers the molecular mode of action of centipede venom, which helps the tiny creatures subdue larger-bodied prey. Centipedes are known to subdue large prey by using potent, broad-acting venom. However, venom synthesis requires substantial metabolic invest... more
Scientists indentify 46 Leptonetela novel species in Southwest China

  It is commonly accepted that extreme environments, such as caves, could influence the diversifications of species, e.g., the existence of large numbers of morphologically closed species in caves. Due to the difficulties in separating these species, the biodiversities of cave organisms could be significantly und... more
Was Chicken Domesticated in Northern China?

  Chicken domestication is an interesting topic, and attracts high interests among archaeologists and animal geneticists. Northern China is recognized as an agricultural homeland in East Asia. Several archaeological evidences highlight the possibilities of chicken domestication in ancient Northern China.
  In 2... more
Mitochondrial Genomes Reveal Peopling of Pamirs

  In 1838, “Roof of the World” was first used to describe the Pamirs by the British explorer John Wood. The high altitude makes the Pamirs a big challenge in human dispersal in Central Asia.
  The terrible traffic and environment made the investigation of population genetics difficult in this region. Therefor... more
 
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  • 2018 Frontiers in Zoology Symposium
  • Feng Cao (Chinese PLA General Hospital) (February 10, 2018)
  • Jingzhou Chen & Yong Peng (January 25, 2018)
  • Yun Shi (Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University) (January 24, 2018)
  • Xiao-Yang Zhao (Southern Medical University) (January 31, 2018)
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    2016 Kunming, China----The sixth DNA metabarcoding School was successfully held at the Kunming Institute of Zoology, CAS
    John Ascher of Singapore National University lectures on bee taxonomy
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    Catalog of Insect Type Specimens of Kunming Natural History Museum of Zoology has been updated
     
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    Large Scale Instruments
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