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June 20, 2019

Isarachnanthus nocturnus tube anemone

This Isarachnanthus nocturnus tube anemone has the largest animal mitochondrial genome reported to date, this according to a study by a team of researchers that included researchers from The Ohio State University that found the DNA of the tube anemone is arranged in several fragmented pieces -- the number of which vary depending on the species -- rather than the classic doughnut shape.

This research was supported in part by the National Science Foundation (grant DEB 1257796). Learn more in The Ohio State news story Simple sea anemones not so simple after all. (Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: June 20, 2019)

Credit: Courtesy of Sergio Stampar

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