Category Archives: metabolism

Researchers insert a synthetic primordial protein into a living organism.

Gene duplication is an important event in early evolution which results in new genes and genetically novel organisms.  A classic example is the small soluble protein ferredoxin, an iron–sulphur protein with ancient origins which mediate electron transfer in a range of metabolic reactions. Now, a study led by researchers at Rice University reverse-engineers the primordial ferredoxin protein and inserts it

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