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Seeing chordate evolution through the Ciona genome sequence

Cristian Cañestro, Susan Bassham and John H Postlethwait*

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Institute of Neuroscience, 1254 University of Oregon, 1425 E. 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403, USA

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Genome Biology 2003, 4:208  doi:10.1186/gb-2003-4-3-208

Published: 3 March 2003


A draft sequence of the compact genome of the sea squirt Ciona intestinalis, a non-vertebrate chordate that diverged very early from other chordates, including vertebrates, illuminates how chordates originated and how vertebrate developmental innovations evolved.