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Errors in Protein Structure Sparked Evolution of Biological Complexity


May 18, 2011

biology graphic A new comparison of proteins shared across species finds that complex organisms, including humans, have accumulated structural weaknesses that may have actually launched the long journey from microbe to man. The study, published in Nature, suggests that the random introduction of errors into proteins, rather than traditional natural selection, may have boosted the evolution of biological complexity. Full Story

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University of Chicago Medical Center

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