Leeches…and Limpets…and Worms…Oh My!

Genome sequencing not only helps scientists decode genes, but also helps us understand how genes work together to direct the growth, development, and maintenance of an entire organism. Understanding the genes of other organisms allow scientists to compare these creatures not only to one another but to the human genome which may give vital insight into our own genetic secrets. Furthering this genome progress is a team of scientists who have completed the genome sequence of an organism with the “yuck factor”: the leech.

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