Friday, 10 January 2014

Elephant Shark Genome Decoded: New Insights Gained Into Bone Formation and Immunity

Jan. 8, 2014 — An international team of researchers has sequenced the genome of the elephant shark, a curious-looking fish with a snout that resembles the end of an elephant's trunk.

The elephant shark and its cousins the sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras are the world's oldest-living jawed vertebrates. But their skeletons are made of cartilage rather than bone, making this group of vertebrates an oddity on the evolutionary tree.

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