It’s not the first animal to receive this treatment, but it’s particularly interesting because of the platypus’s unique lineage and characteristics. Here’s the BBC story.

Scientists have deciphered the genetic blueprint of the duck-billed platypus, one of the oddest creatures on Earth.

The animal comes from an early branch of the mammal family, and like mammals it is covered in fur and produces milk. However, it lays eggs like a reptile.