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17/4/2020

Researchers develop a set of genetic tools to study the origin of animals

Researchers develop a set of genetic tools to study the origin of animals


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An international research team has developed for the first time a genetic toolbox that will help turn the closest unicellular relatives of animals, protists, into model organisms to study the origin of complex life forms. The study, in which researchers from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE: CSIC-UPF) have collaborated, summarizes a major compilation of protocols for performing genetics experiments on marine microbes from across the eukaryotic tree. The study, published in Nature Methods, represents an essential step forward in understanding the cellular instructions that underpin the origins and evolution of animal life. Research has been fostered by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which over the past 16 years has funded researchers around the world to identify marine microbes and learn how they interact with each other and the ocean environment through their Marine Microbiology Initiative.

 

Reference:
Faktorová, D., Nisbet, R.E.R., Fernández Robledo, J.A. et al. Genetic tool development in marine protists: emerging model organisms for experimental cell biology. Nature Methods; April 2020. DOI: 10.1038/s41592-020-0796-x

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