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Sea Anemone Provides a New View of Animal Evolution

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Science  06 Jul 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5834, pp. 27
DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5834.27

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The newly decoded DNA of a sea anemone looks surprisingly similar to our own, a team of researchers reports in this week's Science. This implies that even very ancient genomes were quite complex and contained most of the genes necessary to build today's most sophisticated multicellular creatures.