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William F. , Martin and Shijulal , Nelson-Sathi (2016) Physiology, phylogeny, and LUCA. Microbial cell., 3 (12). 582-587. ISSN Graz : Shared Science Publishers OG, [2013]-

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Abstract

Genomes record their own history. But if we want to look all the way back to life's beginnings some 4 billion years ago, the record of microbial evolution that is preserved in prokaryotic genomes is not easy to read. Microbiology has a lot in common with geology in that regard. Geologists know that plate tectonics and erosion have erased much of the geological record, with ancient rocks being truly rare. The same is true of microbes. Lateral gene transfer (LGT) and sequence divergence have erased much of the evolutionary record that was once written in genomes, and it is not obvious which genes among sequenced genomes are genuinely ancient. Which genes trace to the last universal ancestor, LUCA? The classical approach has been to look for genes that are universally distributed. Another approach is to make all trees for all genes, and sift out the trees where signals have been overwritten by LGT. What is left ought to be ancient. If we do that, what do we find?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: early evolution, autotrophy, geochemistry, acetogens, methanogens.
Subjects: Computational Biology
Depositing User: Rgcb Library
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 06:46
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 06:46
URI: http://rgcb.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/455

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