Friday, November 27, 2015
What genes can't humans live without?
This stuff has all been done on bacteria long ago, but these guys did this study in human cells. What genes (proteins!) are 100% essential for human cells to survive? Probably worth clarifying this statement -- what genes are 100% essential for human cells to survive in culture...cause thats the only way you're gonna pull this one off.
They come up with a list of 2,000. Wow, right? Depending on how you look at that, its either really big...or surprisingly small. I can't decide.
Are we surprised at all that a ton of them are proteins involved in protein glycosylation? Apparently that stuff is important.