Not so different after all: Human cells, hardy microbes share common ancestor

Posted: December 1st, 2017

Tom Santangelo’s recent publication in Science

It turns out, we’re not so different – biochemically, anyway – from archaea after all.

Santangelo, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was on a team that found striking parallels between how archaeal cells and more complex cells, including humans’ and animals’, package and store their genetic material. The breakthrough study, published in Science earlier this year, provided evidence that archaea and eukaryotic cells share a common mechanism to compact, organize and structure their genomes.  READ MORE