Monday, May 21, 2007
Gap Conservationists Take Another Hit
The research offers a new window on the evolutionary history of metabolism says Gustavo Caetano-Anollés, a principal researcher on the study.
Even worse for the bible college biologists who labor tirelessly to conserve the world's precious heritage of ignorance and safeguard the planet's dwindling gap reserve for future generations:
The new, global family tree of protein architecture also revealed that many metabolic protein folds are quite ancient [i.e. more than 6,000 years old, RSR]: These architectures were found to be quite common in all the species of bacteria, animals, plants, fungi, protists and archaea the researchers analyzed.
Of 776 metabolic protein folds surveyed, 16 were found to be omnipresent, and nine of those occurred in the earliest branches of the newly constructed tree.
“These nine ancient folds represent architectures of fundamental importance undisputedly encoded in a genetic core that can be traced back to the universal ancestor of the three superkingdoms of life,” the authors wrote.