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This animal has more genes than humans

Fact - Daphnia pulex, a small water flea, has about 31,000 genes - 8,000 more than humans
Pic Credits: "Daphnia pulex" by (Photo: Paul Hebert) - Functional Genomics Thickens the Biological Plot. Gewin V, PLoS Biology Vol. 3/6/2005, e219. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0030219. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Commons.

A small water flea has more genes than humans. Daphnia pulex has 31,000 genes – 8,000 more than Homo sapiens.

Daphnia is a model organism and is the first crustacean to have it’s genome sequenced. The high number of genes is because of excessive duplication.

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