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Genetics says Sea Anemones are half plant, half animal

| | March 21, 2014

The sea anemone is an oddball: half-plant and half-animal, at least when it comes to its genetic code, new research suggests.

The sea creature’s genes look more like those of animals, but the regulatory code that determines whether those genes are expressed resembles that in plants, according to a study published Tuesday (March 18) in the journal Genome Research.

What’s more, the complicated network of gene interactions found in the simple sea anemone resembles that found in widely divergent, more complex animals.

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