Queensland Sea Sponge provides answers to 700-million-year old evolution mystery

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Image credit: Coral Brunner via Shuttlestock. Orange sponge, the Great Barrier reef.

Humans have been found to share key genetic mechanisms with a prehistoric Great Barrier Reef sea sponge according to a new study. Samples collected from near Heron Island, on the Great Barrier Reef have revealed shared DNA sequence enhancers exist between sea sponge, humans and possibly every species in the animal kingdom. This ground-breaking study provides new insight into parallels that exist between human genomes and our physical traits.

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