The Amphimedon queenslandica genome and the evolution of animal complexity

  title={The Amphimedon queenslandica genome and the evolution of animal complexity},
  author={Mansi Srivastava and Oleg Simakov and Jarrod Chapman and Bryony Fahey and Marie E. A. Gauthier and Therese Mitros and Gemma Sian Richards and Cecilia Conaco and Michael Dacre and Uffe Hellsten and Claire Larroux and Nicholas H. Putnam and Mario Stanke and Maja Adamska and Aaron E. Darling and Sandie M. Degnan and Todd H. Oakley and David Charles Plachetzki and Yufeng Zhai and Marcin Adamski and Andrew D. Calcino and Scott F Cummins and David M. Goodstein and Christina C. Harris and Daniel John Jackson and Sally P Leys and Shengqiang Shu and Ben J. Woodcroft and Michel Vervoort and Kenneth S. Kosik and Gerard Manning and Bernard M. Degnan and Daniel S. Rokhsar},
Sponges are an ancient group of animals that diverged from other metazoans over 600 million years ago. Here we present the draft genome sequence of Amphimedon queenslandica, a demosponge from the Great Barrier Reef, and show that it is remarkably similar to other animal genomes in content, structure and organization. Comparative analysis enabled by the sequencing of the sponge genome reveals genomic events linked to the origin and early evolution of animals, including the appearance, expansion… CONTINUE READING
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