The animal in the genome: comparative genomics and evolution

  title={The animal in the genome: comparative genomics and evolution},
  author={Richard R. Copley},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences},
  pages={1453 - 1461}
  • R. Copley
  • Published 27 April 2008
  • Biology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Comparisons between completely sequenced metazoan genomes have generally emphasized how similar their encoded protein content is, even when the comparison is between phyla. Given the manifest differences between phyla and, in particular, intuitive notions that some animals are more complex than others, this creates something of a paradox. Simplistic explanations have included arguments such as increased numbers of genes; greater numbers of protein products produced through alternative splicing… 

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