Swapping analogous genes no problem among species

Yeast survives with bacteria, plant, human versions of shared genetic material

yeast, bacteria and a plant

COMMON GROUND Yeast, bacteria and plants are very different organisms, but have many genes that look alike. New research shows about half of those analogous genes can substitute for each other.

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