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The incredible diversity of life forms on the planet led Charles Darwin to note, “From so simple a beginning, endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” In order to gain a true understanding of the power and limitations of evolution to produce such “endless forms,” it is important to study a variety of organisms from across the tree of life. Luckily, next-generation sequencing technologies have enabled in-depth genomic analysis of virtually any organism, expanding the scope of powerful evolutionary analyses beyond model organisms. For example, take the decidedly unusual animal, the Dicyemida.
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