News That Matters

Tag: convergent

Evidence of convergent evolution found in gene regulation of humans, mice

Evidence of convergent evolution found in gene regulation of humans, mice

Science
Jan. 18 (UPI) -- New research shows humans and mice regulate their genes in similar ways.Because many living organisms face similar problems and ecological pressures, they sometimes develop similar solutions. When species that aren't closely related evolve similar adaptations, it's called convergent evolution.A new study, published this week in the journal PNAS, presents new evidence of convergent evolution among humans and mice. The pair deploy similar mechanisms for regulating noncoding RNA, segments which aren't translated into proteins."This study highlights the importance of noncoding RNA and transposable elements in the regulation of gene expression and in the evolution of gene expression networks in mammalian genomes," Manuel Ares, professor of molecular, cell and developmental biol...