July 13, 2017 / Modified jul 17, 2017 9:24 a.m.

Episode 88: Baby Genes

New research suggests that new genes are likely to appear fully developed rather than gradually taking shape.

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New research from a team of UA biologists suggests that new genes are likely to appear in the evolution stage as fully developed rather than gradually taking shape. Other past research suggests that new genes develop from non-coding DNA sequences that mature over time. Professor Joanna Masel and her team found the opposite to be true based on the fact that they are likely to give rise to highly ordered proteins.

In this Episode:

Joanna Masel, Professor in the UA's Department of Ecology and Evolution
Tim Swindle, Ph.D., Director of the UA's Lunar and Planetary Lab

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