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Genetics

04 February 2011

Water flea has more genes than people

A tiny, translucent water flea that can reproduce without sex and lives in ponds and lakes has more genes than any other creature.

A tiny, translucent water flea that can reproduce without sex and lives in ponds and lakes has more genes than any other creature, said scientists who have sequenced the crustacean's genome.

But just because this creature, viewed as the canary in the gold mine of the world's waters, has more genes doesn't necessarily mean they are all unique, explained project leader John Colbourne.

 

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