This extreme Antarctic insect has the tiniest genome

August 12, 2014 7:41 PM

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This extreme Antarctic insect has the tiniest genome

A female (left) and male (right) Antarctic midge mate. These animals are the only true insects native to Antarctica, and they have the smallest genome ever sequenced.Richard E. Lee, Jr.

The Antarctic midge is a simple insect: no wings, a slender black body and an adult life span of not much more than a week.

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