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Gene expression confirms homology of poriferan and cnidarian body plans

2014.10.15

Gene expression confirms homology of poriferan and cnidarian body plans

When it comes to the usage of developmental regulatory genes, sponges are similar to the other animal phyla

Porifera (sponges) are some of the most ancient animal phyla and they posses no nerves, no muscles and no gut. However, when it comes to the usage of developmental regulatory genes, sponges are similar to the other animal phyla, find scientists from the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology and the Universities of Bergen and Oslo in their study "Developmental gene expression provides clues to relationships between sponge and eumetazoan body plans". Their study was published in Nature Communications. 

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