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Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz
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Evolutionary Biology • Genetics

Research report (imported) 2018 - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Evolution of genes from random sequences

Authors

Tautz, Diethard

Departments

Evolutionsgenetik

DOI

10.17617/1.6C

How can new genes evolve? It was long thought that this happens only through duplication and recombination of existing genes. An experimental evolution approach now shows that a large fraction of randomly composed protein sequences can positively or negatively influence the growth of cells. These results indicate how new genes can also arise out of non-coding sequences of the genome. Concurrently, this opens a practically unlimited source of new bioactive molecules for pharmacological and biotechnological applications.
 
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