A study by Axel Meyer was published as an open access paper in the journal Nature
The article titled " Giant lungfish genome elucidates the conquest of land by vertebrates” deals with the closest living fish relatives of humans, the lungfishes. Using cutting-edge DNA sequencing technologies, a group of laboratories led by Hector Fellow Axel Meyer, succeeded in fully sequencing the genome of the Australian lungfish. The genome is nearly 14 times larger than that of humans and the largest animal genome sequenced to date with a total size of more than 43 billion DNA building blocks.
The analysis of the research group provides valuable insights into the genetic and developmental evolutionary developments that made it possible for fish to colonize land. The findings were obtained by scientists from the universities of Constance, Würzburg, Hamburg and Vienna that cooperated to expand our understanding of this major evolutionary transition in the Devonian more than 420 million years ago.