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Templeton Foundation Confirms Funding

The John Templeton Foundation have confirmed the award of a two-year research grant to the laboratory of James McInerney at The University of Manchester. The grant will fund two post-doctoral researchers for two years each in order to shed light on the origin of the Eukaryotic cell. This area of research has experienced a huge […]

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Post-doc position available (starting immediately)

There is a post-doc position available in my research group in Ireland. The position is to continue our work on the origins and early evolution of eukaryotes.  In this case, we are going to dig into the metabolism of early eukaryotes.  We will spend time trying to reconstruct ancestral metabolisms, analysing the origins of eukaryote-specific […]

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Nautil.Us Article on Eukaryote Origins

Ed Yong has written an excellent article on Eukaryote Origins. Professor McInerney was interviewed as part of the article and the article also includes interviews with several other people involved with trying to understand the origin of the eukaryote cell. In this article, Yong makes a distinction between the “slow fuse” type of hypothesis governing […]

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Planctomycetes and Eukaryotes are both interesting, but not specifically related

We have finally published our analysis of the relationships between Planctomycetes, Verrucomicrobia and Chlamydia (the so-called PVC group) and Eukaryotes.  In other words, we have shown that these two groups of organisms share superficial similarities, but have no close relationship.  The manuscript has been published in BioEssays and you can access it here [1]. If […]

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PVC bacteria are not half-way to being eukaryotes

Over the past few years, manuscripts have been appearing in the literature that have been suggesting that PVC (Planctomycetes, Verrucomicrobia, Chlamydia) bacteria are in many ways like Eukaryotes and consequently, they are an excellent system for understanding eukaryote biology and indeed this group of bugs actually gave rise to modern eukaryotes. This is complete nonsense. […]

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