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

Liam Bartlett

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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