The root of the eukaryote tree pinpointed

  title={The root of the eukaryote tree pinpointed},
  author={Alexandra Stechmann and T Cavalier-smith},
  journal={Current Biology},
Determining the precise position of the root of the eukaryote evolutionary tree is very important for understanding cell evolution [1], but has been a major challenge, because of systematic biases in gene sequence trees [2,3]. However, one can deduce the position indirectly, by using derived genic properties to exclude the possibility that the root lies within clades that share them [4]. A derived gene fusion between dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) and thymidylate synthase (TS) genes strongly… CONTINUE READING
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