Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sea Sponge DNA and The Cure For Cancer

Turns out humans share 70% of its DNA with Sea Sponges.

Science Daily reports that sequencing the the DNA of the Great Barrier Reef marine sponge -- a 650 million-year-old group of organisms -- reveals basic information about cancer, including the emergence of a network of specialized cells. The researchers explain that as organisms evolved from single cell to multicellular, a conflict is created in that individual specialized cells want to keep replicating. Cancer is the uncontrolled replication of cells, and understanding the evolution of animals from sea sponges all the way up to primates can help reveal more clues to how cancer works, and can be prevented.

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