viernes, 26 de noviembre de 2010

Humans share 70 percent of genetic code with sea sponges

An international team of scientists was recently surprised to discover that sea sponges -- one of the oldest multicellular life forms -- share nearly 70 percent of the same genes as human beings, according to a study published in the journal Nature.The team worked for five years to sequence the genome of the 650-million year old group of organisms, which was one of the first to develop the specialized cell groups that characterize organs."The sponge represents a window on this ancient and momentous event," said University of California-Santa Barbara researcher Kenneth S.

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