Photosynthetic Link May Have Made Humankind Possible
Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2001
Scientists from Imperial College, London, have found an important evolutionary link between the two powerhouse protein complexes that drive photosynthesis.
This shared evolutionary adaptation may have been crucial for the establishment of environmental conditions required for the emergence of humankind.
For decades, scientists have debated whether there is a common evolutionary origin for the different photosynthetic organisms present today.
Reporting in today’s Nature, scientists from the Wolfson Laboratories, Department of Biological Sciences, Imperial College, now provide evidence for a link.
They have discovered a new protein supercomplex in the photosynthetic pathway that links two major proteins that were previously thought to work autonomously. More
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