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Unique adaptations contribute to the longevity of American lobster

Insights on longevity, neural, and immune adaptations are revealed by a lobster


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Expansion of many families associated with neuronal function.

Targeted examination of the lobster neural gene complement identified an extensive repertoire of genes.

Researchers encoded sensory signaling components within neural circuits.

Identified a new type of ligand-gated ion channel, involved in firing neurons to immune cells recognizing antigens.

The new channel combines nervous and immune functions, which is pretty neat.

Expansion of the AGO gene family and DNA repair genes in double-strand break repair.

Only 50% of the genes associated with apoptosis were identified.

Immune system and cellular defense mechanisms play an essential role in its longevity and ecological success.

Further investigation of the lobster genome provides understanding of the cellular and organismal adaptations.

Research by Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute published in Science Advances.

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Andrea Bodnar

Science Director, Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute

Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute

World's First Marine Genomics Research Institute

Science Advances

Journal that publishes original research and reviews in all disciplines of science

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Immortal Animals, Longevity Genes