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Evolutionary developmental biology

Ghost locus appears

The sequences of two sponge genomes provide evidence that the ParaHox developmental genes are older than previously thought. This has implications for animal taxonomy and for developmental and evolutionary biology. See Letter p.620

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Figure 1: Evolution of Hox, ParaHox and NK genes in animals.


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McInerney, J., O'Connell, M. Ghost locus appears. Nature 514, 570–571 (2014).

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