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Volume 3 Issue 5, May 2019

Volume 3 Issue 5

Jellyfish genomes

Genome sequencing of a scyphozoan and a cubozoan jellyfish sheds light on the evolution of medusa-specific structures. Adult moon jelly (Aurelia aurita) is depicted.

See Khalturin et al.

Image: Konstantin Khalturin. Cover Design: Tulsi Voralia.


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