|Juvenile Ptychodera flava|
Acorn worms are part of a lineage called deuterostomes, where they have been around the longest. The research team also found that some deuterostomes have become more complex than them where it becomes harder to see any gene linkage between them and mammals. Some of the genes found in the other deuterostomes that deal with gill development can be connected to the genes that develop the pharynx. In the end, the research team found that we share about 70% of our human genome with the acorn worm, which is about 14,000 genes.
This article was very interesting to read and important for the future research regarding gene linkage with other living things on Earth. You would not think you share as much as 70% of your genes with something as little and different looking as a worm. This research is important to see where we are going and where we came from on Earth. I would love to read future research regarding this topic that deals with other organisms.