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Humans and sea sponges have more in common than you might think

Australian scientists have found that humans, and most likely the entire animal kingdom, share important genetic mechanisms with a jelly-like sea sponge that comes from the Great Barrier Reef.

Dr Emily Wong from the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Centre says it is an important discovery.

:The more we know about how our genes are wired, the better we are able to develop new treatments for diseases,” she said.

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