Crotchety, Too

The Economist writes about researchers who traced back the age of genes involved in genetic diseases, finding that they are older than had been suspected. The researchers, from the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, compared the genomes of disparate organisms to determine the ages of genes they had in common.

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