Biology team maps first crustacean genome

A UT Arlington biologist and her team have helped precisely map the DNA code of the water flea, Daphnia pulex, the first crustacean genome to be sequenced.

Daphnia is a model organism for the new field of environmental genomics where researchers aim to better understand how genes and the environment interact.

Ellen Pritham, assistant professor of biology, says more genes were found in the Daphnia pulex genome than any other animal ever sequenced. The Daphnia genome has about 31,000 genes compared to about 20,000 in humans.

Dr. Pritham’s work with an international team is reported this month’s edition of Science magazine and has been featured in Nature magazine.

Read more about the water flea DNA research.

Source: MavWire

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