IGBB Affiliate Discovers ProtistNovember 7, 2013
Dr. Matthew Brown, assistant professor of biological sciences at Mississippi State University and affiliate with the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology (IGBB), recently led a research team that identified a protist as a new organism and classified its genomics.
The unicellular protist, Pygsuia biforma, is hinting at answers about the evolution of multicellularity while raising a whole new set of questions. Brown headed the investigation that discovered the unicellular organism's proteins and genes are similar to those found in multicellular life-forms. The protist belongs to a newly identified group they named "Obazoa," which is closely related to animals and fungi.
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