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'Simple' Animal's Genome Proves Unexpectedly Complex

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Science  22 Aug 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5892, pp. 1028-1029
DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5892.1028b

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The flat marine organism Trichoplax adhaerens barely qualifies as an animal, yet the 98 million DNA base pairs of its genome include many of the genes responsible for guiding the development of other animals' complex shapes and organs, researchers report this week.