Have you heard about the recent study finding that DNA from humans and yeast remain strikingly similar, despite divergent evolution over the past billion years?
“It’s a beautiful demonstration of the common heritage of all living things — to be able to take DNA from a human and replace the matching DNA in a yeast cell and have it successfully support the life of the cell.” Edward Marcotte and Aashiq Kachroo led the way at the University of Texas at Austin in discovering that many yeast genes could be replaced with human genes, and the organisms would continue to function.
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- Listen to the story:
* npr.com broadcast (http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/05/21/408322187/you-and-yeast-have-more-in-common-than-you-might-think?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=science&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews)
- Read more about it:
* Science Daily.com summary (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/05/150521143924.htm)
* NBC News summary(http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/yeast-human-dna-raises-new-genetic-possibilities-n362861)