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Sea Urchin Genome Confirms Kinship to Humans and Other Vertebrates

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Science  10 Nov 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5801, pp. 908-909
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5801.908

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In a special section beginning on page 938 of this week's issue of Science, researchers describe the 814 million DNA bases that make up the genome of the purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. Its 23,500 genes suggest that these algae-eating invertebrates have more complex immune and sensory systems than researchers had appreciated. (Read more.)