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The Sciences

Evolving Bodies: My new story in tomorrow's New York Times

By Carl ZimmerJanuary 17, 2012 1:25 AM


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In the history of life, single-celled microbes have evolved into multicellular bodies at least 25 times. In our own lineage, our ancestors crossed over some 700 million years ago. In tomorrow's New York Times, I write about a new study in which single-celled yeast evolved into multicellular forms--completely with juvenile and adult forms, different cell types, and the ability to split off propagules like plant cuttings. All this in a matter of weeks. Check it out.

("Experimental evolution of multicellularity," William C. Ratcliff, R. Ford Denison, Mark Borrello, and Michael Travisano. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. )

Update: Here's a Twitter-Storify-blog follow up on some reactions to the study.

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