News of the WeekCOMPARATIVE GENOMICS

Tunicate Genome Shows a Little Backbone

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Science  13 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5601, pp. 2111-2112
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5601.2111a

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On page 2157, researchers unveil the DNA code of one of the most unusual creatures sequenced to date: the sea squirt. These tiny marine animals have long captivated biologists because even though the adults are typical, squishy invertebrates, their larvae might be modern doppelgängers of the ancestor to the vertebrates.