ThermoDBP potentially usefully in #syntheticbiology:
*Study: Universal gene for life missing from volcanic microbes*
"A DNA-binding protein which is supposedly present in all life on Earth is absent from certain microbes found living near volcanoes, a study says. The discovery challenges our present knowledge of the fundamental basis of living organisms.
In the place of the single-stranded DNA-binding protein (SSB), the single cell organism Thermoproteales has another gene, now named ThermoDBP. The functionality of the gene is not yet clear. However, the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, suggests it could be useful in the fields of biotechnology and synthetic biology.
"All cells, whether they are microbial or human, have some things in common," says Malcolm White of the University of St Andrews' School of Biology, one of the paper's authors. "These are the fundamental components or building blocks which were present in the first cells and have been passed on over 3.5 billion years. However, we have discovered that a gene normally thought to be absolutely essential and conserved throughout every form of life, is in fact lost in one group of volcanic bugs, and replaced by a completely novel gene."....". Learn more..
Via Socrates Logos