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Colleagues Reveal Surprises in Sea Anemone Genome

February 7, 2008



A team of international researchers, one of them a University of Maine professor, has discovered in a primitive starlet sea anemone the genes for a biochemical pathway that scientists had thought did not exist in animals. Malcolm Shick, a professor of oceanography and zoology at the UMaine School of Marine Sciences, and six colleagues, including Walt Dunlap, a former UMaine Visiting Libra Professor now at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, published their findings recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A news release with more is at


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