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Human Research in Sea Urchins

Posted by: | March 18, 2009 | 6 Comments |

by Eliza L

Researchers have been studying sea urchins to understand diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and muscular dystrophy.  Sea urchins are invertebrates but they surprisingly share more than 7,000 of the same genes as humans.  With the DNA of sea urchins, scientists can gain knowledge of treatment and prevention of the diseases in humans better.


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  1. By: Branden Barbagello on March 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm      Reply

    With technological advances that are helping humans to observe wildlife and sea life we can start to understand the world better each day. Sea urchins are something that can humans learn more about diseases that are crucial in todays world. Diseases like cancer and alzheimers are just a couple of them that are taking thousands of lives each day. Sea urchins also share many of the same DNA characteristics that humans do. This is incredible because the tests that can be done will help find cures for humans. Each study can help save thousands of lives.

  2. By: Zak H on March 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm      Reply

    This article is very interesting. I have never known that we had that much in common with sea urchins. This could lead to great breakthroughs in not only diseases but even evolution; if we are that much alike were we once the same species? Not only could it lead to more evolution theories but it could lead to greater chances in cloning. Since there is so much in common there could many mutation tests done to sea urchins and then have the same test be done to a human as well.

  3. By: Aaron Gage on March 25, 2009 at 7:10 pm      Reply

    I think it is great how much marine life is contributing to the research to save our own lives. I had no idea that sea urchines shared over seven thousand of the same genes as humans. I wander if scientists are trying to find the cure for HIV/AIDS through the study of sea urchins.

  4. By: Lauren Favara on March 25, 2009 at 10:11 pm      Reply

    This article gives great insight to the possibilities of curing these horrendous diseases and it is encouraging. To think that sea life, which seems like a world completely different from our own, could actually help humans in unbelievable.

  5. By: deirdre hughson on March 25, 2009 at 11:04 pm      Reply

    its always interesting to find out things like this. who would have thought something so different from us would actually be so similar — not only that but also help us study to find cures.

  6. By: Adam G on March 26, 2009 at 1:04 am      Reply

    Hopefully this works out. It is good that scientists are experimenting with different organisms for research. Hopefully this helps find the cure for many diseases.

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