Evolving globs of yeast may unlock mysteries of multicellular life

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How did cells first glom together, learn to cooperate, and yield organisms that contain millions, billions, or even trillions of cells? In a new experiment, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology oversaw the evolution of clusters of yeast that each grew to contain hundreds of thousands of cells—the largest of their kind—enabling the scientists to study the possible origins of complex multicellular structures. One of those scientists is Will Ratcliff, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Quantitative Biosciences in the School of Biological Sciences. Quanta Magazine also reported on this experiment.  

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College of Sciences, School of Biological Sciences

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Life Sciences and Biology
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College of Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, Will Ratcliff, multicellularity, evolution, yeast
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  • Created By: Renay San Miguel
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  • Created On: Sep 17, 2021 - 3:25pm
  • Last Updated: Sep 23, 2021 - 12:14pm