Scientists have puzzled for centuries over how and... - Wissenschaft und Deutsch (on Hiatus)
Scientists have puzzled for centuries over how and why multicellular organisms evolved the almost universal trait of using single cells, such as eggs and sperm, to reproduce. Now researchers led by University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences postdoctoral fellow William Ratcliff and associate professor Michael Travisano have set a big piece of that puzzle into place by applying experimental evolution to transform a single-celled algae into a multicellular one that reproduces by dispersing single cells.Full article via Phys.org: http://phys.org/news/2013-11-scientists-major-piece-biological-complexity.html#jCpTheir previous work: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=test-tube-yeast-evolve
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Scientists have puzzled for centuries over how and why multicellular organisms evolved the almost universal trait of using single cells, such as eggs and sperm, to reproduce. 

Now researchers led by University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences postdoctoral fellow William Ratcliff and associate professor Michael Travisano have set a big piece of that puzzle into place by applying experimental evolution to transform a single-celled algae into a multicellular one that reproduces by dispersing single cells.

Full article via Phys.orghttp://phys.org/news/2013-11-scientists-major-piece-biological-complexity.html#jCp

Their previous work: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=test-tube-yeast-evolve

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