Mar 28 2014

Finding Plant/Animal Origins through Enzymes

Published by at 5:03 am under Uncategorized

I was looking through ScienceDaily, and I found this interesting preview about the ancestral origins of plants and animals. In this publication, researchers are now studying the 2-HAOX enzyme, an catalyst that breaks down fats in plants and animals, and  are trying to trace a common ancestral gene that gave rise to this enzyme. From their studies and phylogenetic tree analysis, the researchers were able to ultimately conclude that this particular enzyme evolved independently between plants and animals. 

From this preview, I found it interesting how scientists are currently looking at all aspects of molecular biology when searching for common ancestors. It’s very exciting to see that scientists are drawing from a wide range of topics, such as metabolism to better understand the early evolution of plants and animals. I would definitely be interested in reading the full publication of this topic.

Here is a link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140214111111.htm

 

 

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