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A Queensland Sea Sponge Unravels a 700-Million-Year-Old Connection to Humans

Emily S Wong, UNSW. Many human traits, such as height and disease susceptibility, depend on genes that are encoded in our DNA. These genes are switched on and off and further fine-tuned by important but hard-to-find regions in the genome…. Continue Reading →

From Brittle Stars Grows a ‘Tree of Life’: How Genes Trace Life on Earth

By Tim O’Hara, Museums Victoria A complete tree of life – showing how and when organisms are related to each other – has long been desired by biologists, but obscured by the vagaries of the fossil record. Now, next-generation gene… Continue Reading →

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