News from IBE (CSIC-UPF)
The journal Nature Communications has recently published a research work on the complete genome sequence of the filasterean Capsaspora owczarzaki, a close unicellular relative of Metazoa. By comparative genomic analyses researchers infer that the unicellular ancestor of metazoans had a more complex genetic repertoire for genes involved in signaling and adhesion than previously thought. The study has involved researchers from US, UK, Canada and Spain and has been lead and coordinated by IBE researchers from I. Ruiz-Trillo's Lab.
Suga H, Chen Z, de Mendoza A, Sebé-Pedrós A, Brown MW, Kramer E, Carr M, Kerner P, Vervoort M, Sánchez-Pons N, Torruella G, Derelle R, Manning G, Lang BF, Russ C, Haas BJ, Roger AJ, Nusbaum C, Ruiz-Trillo I; The Capsaspora genome reveals a complex unicellular prehistory of animals. Nat Commun. 2013 Aug 14;4:2325