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Images: Decoding the Mystery Fish

An African coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae) photographed using a remotely operated vehicle off the coast of Tanga, Tanzania. (Photo by Aquamarine Fukushima, and courtesy of the Broad Institute, Boston.)

A line drawing of a coelacanth. (Drawing by Bogdan Giuşcă [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], Wikimedia Commons)

Mark Hahn and Sibel Karchner worked together on a portion of the coelacanth genome, finding and identifying the nucleotide sequences for the gene they specialize in, the aryl hydrocarbon receptor gene family. (Another lab member, Diana Franks, is in the background of this photo from 2001.) (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Biologist John Stegeman was a scientist at WHOI, when he and a postdoc, Bob Griffith (now at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth) were early members of a scientific society called "Society for the Protection of Old Fishes" or SPOOF. Stegeman recently discovered that T-shirts featuring the SPOOF logo, a coelacanth, were still locally sold in Falmouth, Mass. (Photo courtesy of John Stegeman, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Biologist Jed Goldstone was one of four researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who helped "annotate," or locate specific gene sequences within the nearly three billion nucleotide-long sequence of the entire coelacanth genome, which was reported in the April 18, 2013 issue of the journal Nature. (Photo courtesy of John Stegeman, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)