Sponge in DNA spotlight

The first draft of the sponge genome has been published. Sponges are believed to be the earliest multicellular organism (over 650 million years old). DNA sequencing of a sponge, Amphimedon queenslandica, found on the Great Barrier Reef revealed surprising genetic diversity and may offer insights into cancer biology as well as an understanding of the origins of multicellular life.

Read the Full Article in Nature.

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