(via 500-Million-Year-Old ‘Mistake’ Led to Humans : Discovery News)
THE GIST
A genetic process that went wrong 500 million years ago led to the evolution of humans and other vertebrates.
The event, which resulted in doublings of genes, also led to proteins responsible for many of today’s diseases.
Studying these proteins could help researchers learn more about human evolution and the inner workings of diseases.

(via 500-Million-Year-Old ‘Mistake’ Led to Humans : Discovery News)

THE GIST

  • A genetic process that went wrong 500 million years ago led to the evolution of humans and other vertebrates.
  • The event, which resulted in doublings of genes, also led to proteins responsible for many of today’s diseases.
  • Studying these proteins could help researchers learn more about human evolution and the inner workings of diseases.