Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Cat's Cradle

Via biology news net , this beautiful computer-generated dendogram (diagram of the lines of descent) of bacteria (grey) and archaea (green). Direct descent is shown by the vertical connectors, and lateral gene transfer (trading of DNA sequences between unrelated neighbors) is shown by the red "vines." The universal common ancestor is the yellow sphere at bottom center. This work was done by the computational folks at EMBL-Hinxton.

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