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Oregon State University scientists sequencing beaver genome

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Filbert (Photo: Oregon Zoo) Filbert (Photo: Oregon Zoo)
CORVALLIS, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon State University is trying to do what no other PAC-12 school has done before; map the genome of their mascot, the beaver.

OSU scientists aim to sequence the beaver's genome and figure out what makes a beaver tick at the genetic level. They are raising money for the research through the OSU Foundation website.

Researchers hope to uncover why the rodents do certain things, like make dams and chew through tree trunks.

The scientists are using the DNA from the Oregon Zoo beaver named Filbert. They took a blood sample from Filbert back in August and have already started the work.

They still have a long way to go and need money to complete the research.

Even Benny the Beaver got involved with the campaign by helping make a short video about what he hopes to learn about himself.

So far, researchers have raised more than $18,000 to help Benny find out more about his DNA but they need about $12,000 more.

To get more info on the project and to donate, visit create.osufoundation.org/project/619.

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