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First Crustacean Genome Is Sequenced

February 3, 2011

Daphnia with mild defensive neckteeth The ubiquitous freshwater "water flea," Daphnia pulex, is a valuable "sentinel species" for the presence of toxins and pollutants in the environment. On Feb. 4, Daphnia's pulex's complete genome sequence is being published in Science magazine. Joshua Hamilton of the MBL, Woods Hole, is coauthor of an important companion paper. Full Story

Marine Biological Laboratory

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