Jul 5, 2023

The Simplest Synthetic Cells Have Been Seen Evolving Faster Than Natural Ones

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Single-celled life forms need just the simplest of evolutionary footholds to get a leg up in their environment.

Even an extremely minimal cell that contains just 493 genes can mutate and adapt to improve its fitness, researchers say – a critical step in the persistence and stability of life that has now been demonstrated in the laboratory.

The insights come from a new study by a team of researchers from the US and Brazil, which stripped a cell of all but its essential genes to see if it could still evolve.

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