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Why does a worm need nearly as many genes as a man?

  October, 18 2001 5:23
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Why does a worm need nearly as many genes as a man?

The nematode worm, C. elegans, is the focus of an intense research effort in both developmental biology and genetics because it is one of the simplest multicellular organisms with a nervous system. A new article published in Genome Biology investigates why, despite its apparent simplicity, it needs 20,000 genes when animals as complex as humans make do with only 30,000 or so.

Gordon Fletcher
BioMed Central

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