Geneticists successfully reverse gene evolution

日期:2019-03-02 03:01:04 作者:篁糟 阅读:

By Rowan Hooper YOU have probably heard of evolution in action – but how about evolution in reverse? Many of the genes in our bodies have descended from ancient genes that have mutated and changed their function. Petr Tvrdik and Mario Capecchi of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, have now managed to demonstrate this in mice by recreating an ancient gene from two of its modern descendants. Half a billion years ago, the size of our ancestor’s genome quadrupled. With four copies of every gene knocking about, genes either had to make themselves useful,