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Genome Spotlight: California Sea Gooseberry (Hormiphora californensis)
The first chromosome-level genome assembly for a ctenophore may allow scientists to finally resolve the roots of the animal family tree.
ABOVE: DARRIN SCHULTZ © 2021 MBARI
Genome Spotlight: California Sea Gooseberry (Hormiphora californensis)
Genome Spotlight: California Sea Gooseberry (Hormiphora californensis)

The first chromosome-level genome assembly for a ctenophore may allow scientists to finally resolve the roots of the animal family tree.

The first chromosome-level genome assembly for a ctenophore may allow scientists to finally resolve the roots of the animal family tree.

ABOVE: DARRIN SCHULTZ © 2021 MBARI
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