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Dynamic and widespread lncRNA expression in the sponge and the origin of animal complexity


Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are important developmental regulators in bilaterian animals. A correlation has been claimed between the lncRNA repertoire expansion and morphological complexity in vertebrate evolution. However, this claim has not been tested by examining morphologically simple animals. Here, researchers from the University of Queensland undertake a systematic investigation of lncRNAs in the demosponge Amphimedon queenslandica, a morphologically-simple, early-branching ...

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