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In a paper published online in advance in Science this week, a large international research team describes how "transposon diversity, developmental gene repertoire, physical gene order, and intron-exon organization" indicate plasticity in the tunicate Oikopleura genome. The team also discusses the evolutionary consequences of genome compaction in Oikopleura.

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