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We are told: One gene may drive leap from single cell to multicellular life

A philosopher used to say, beware the man of one book. Today, we might say, be cautious considering the claims of the scientist of one gene. From New Scientist we hear,: The leap from single-celled life to multicellular creatures is easier than we ever thought. And it seems there’s more than one way it can happen. … At some point after life first emerged, some cells came together to form the first multicellular organism. This happened perhaps as early as 2.1 billion years ago. Others followed – multicellularity is thought to have evolved independently at least 20 times – eventually giving rise to complex life, such as humans. How about making it easier? complex life such as millipedes? But no Read More ›