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    1. Cell Biology

    A bacterial sulfonolipid triggers multicellular development in the closest living relatives of animals

    Rosanna A Alegado et al.
    The development of colonies of cells in choanoflagellates, water-dwelling organisms that feed on bacteria, is triggered by the presence of very low concentrations of a lipid molecule produced by certain types of bacteria.
    1. Cell Biology

    Cell Biology: Molecular clue links bacteria to the origin of animals

    Michael G Hadfield
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Predicted glycosyltransferases promote development and prevent spurious cell clumping in the choanoflagellate S. rosetta

    Laura A Wetzel et al.
    A genetic screen reveals that two predicted glycosyltransferases promote rosette development and prevent cell clumping in one of the closest living relatives of animals, the choanoflagellate S. rosetta.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    The rosetteless gene controls development in the choanoflagellate S. rosetta

    Tera C Levin et al.
    The establishment of forward genetics in S. rosetta reveals the first gene known to be required for choanoflagellate multicellular development.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Gene family innovation, conservation and loss on the animal stem lineage

    Daniel J Richter et al.
    The genomes of animal progenitors evolved as mosaics of old, new, rearranged, and repurposed protein domains, genes and pathways and paved the way for the origin and evolution of animals.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution of an ancient protein function involved in organized multicellularity in animals

    Douglas P Anderson et al.
    Experimentally reconstructing the evolution of the molecular complex that animals use to orient the mitotic spindle establishes a simple genetic and physical mechanism for the emergence of a function essential for multicellularity.
  1. June 2013

    Episode 1: June 2013

    In the first eLife podcast we hear about the origins of multicellularity, the Irish potato famine, hepatitis viruses, how fog affects the behaviour of car drivers, and the evolution of chromatin.

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