By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Genes that have sprung up relatively recently in the genome are just as likely to be essential as ancient, well-conserved genes, according to a new online study in Science today.

"A new gene is as essential as any other gene," senior author Manyuan Long, an ecology and evolution researcher at the University of Chicago, said in a statement. "The importance of a gene is independent of its age."

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