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← Tree of Life Project Aims for Every Twig and Leaf

RobertJames's Avatar Jump to comment 7 by RobertJames

I'd say impossible but I could wrong. To my understanding the Darwinian tree of life idea, though attractive is not generally regarded as a good way to represent it because it now appears that cross species swapping of genetic information is far more common than previously realised, certainly at bacterial level, but also it seems at plant and animal levels. DNA wedged into a genome through bacterial action throws a real spanner in the works. They would probably have to preclude bacteria from the tree in order for it to make any sense but their exclusion would leave gapping holes. One thing is for certain, it wont look much like a tree; more like a Jackson Pollock on LSD. But what an achievement if they can pull it off.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 00:10:04 UTC | #945611