Professor Charles Ettensohn Plays Vital Role in Unveiling Sea Urchin Genome
Carnegie Mellon University has played a key role in an international, multi-institutional collaboration to sequence the sea urchin genome. Sea urchins, close relatives of vertebrates, have been studied extensively for more than 150 years as a model system of embryonic development. Now, a summary of the sea urchin genome, published Nov. 10 in the journal Science, should make these creatures even more useful for future research into various aspects of development, immunity, nerve cell communication and evolutionary relationships with humans and other vertebrates.
Map of the sea urchin's genes is complete Pittsburgh Post Gazette, November 15, 2006