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Trends Genet. 2008 Jan;24(1):1-4. Epub 2007 Dec 3.

Cryptic complexity captured: the Nematostella genome reveals its secrets.

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  • 1Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia. david.miller@jcu.edu.au

Abstract

The full genomic sequence of the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis, which is the first full genomic sequence for a representative of the Phylum Cnidaria, has recently been published, providing some surprising findings and a unique perspective on the evolution of animal genomes. Major conclusions are that, in gene number, composition and intron/exon structure, the anemone is more similar to vertebrates than are flies and nematodes and that this shared complexity must therefore be very ancient.

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