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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.

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A New Cave-dwelling Loach (Triplophysa xichouensis) Found in Yunnan, China

  China has the highest diversity of cave fishes in the world. There are more than 100 species recorded in China. According to the necessity of cave environment, cave fishes are divided into 3 types: typical cave fishes, atypical cave fishes and accidental cave dwelling fishes.
  Triplophysa is the largest grou... more
Scientists Revealed the Genetic Mechanism of Origin and Domestication of the Laboratory Rats

  The laboratory rat, which has been widely used in biomedical research as an animal model for ~160 years, is commonly believed to be domesticated from wild brown rat. Compared to their wild ancestors, laboratory rats exhibit different morphological, physiological and behavioral attributes. However, the genetic m... more
Breakthroughs Made in the Evolutionary Studies of Dwarf Chickens

  Over the years, human have imposed strong artificial selective pressure on chicken through breeding, leading to chicken varieties displaying a myriad of phenotypes.
  With regard to body size, the broiler or game fowl (>5Kg) could be 10 times heavier than ornamental chickens (<500g). Being an important econom... more
Scientists discover a new species of rain-pool frog, Fejervarya muangkanensis sp. nov., from western Thailand

  According to the online data from American Museum of Natural History (http://research.amnh.org/herpetology/amphibia/index.html) (dated at 2017-5-30), there are in total of 41 species of the genus Fejervarya (family Dicroglossidae). Among them, eight species can be found in Thailand.
  Recently, from the speci... more
 
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  • Herve Yesou (SERTIT, France) (November 23, 2017)
  • Yong-Kun Li (Yunnan University) (November 21, 2017)
  • Geng-Fu Xiao (Wuhan Institute of Virology, CAS) (November 16, 2017)
  • Jie Tian (Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences) (October 31, 2017)
  • Hui Zhang (Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Big Data and Brain Computing) (November 06, 2017)
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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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