Cryptic complexity captured: the Nematostella genome reveals its secrets

Trends Genet. 2008 Jan;24(1):1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.tig.2007.10.002. Epub 2007 Dec 3.


The full genomic sequence of the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis, which is the first full genomic sequence for a representative of the Phylum Cnidaria, has recently been published, providing some surprising findings and a unique perspective on the evolution of animal genomes. Major conclusions are that, in gene number, composition and intron/exon structure, the anemone is more similar to vertebrates than are flies and nematodes and that this shared complexity must therefore be very ancient.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DNA Transposable Elements / genetics
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genome / genetics*
  • Genome, Human / genetics
  • Humans
  • Sea Anemones / genetics*
  • Synteny / genetics


  • DNA Transposable Elements