BacterioFiles 348 – Huge Host Hackers Have Historic Histones
This episode: Giant viruses produce DNA-packing proteins that seem to have branched off from eukaryotes far back in evolutionary history!
Download Episode (6 MB, 6.5 minutes) Show notes: Microbe of the episode: Caulobacter maris News item Journal Paper: Erives AJ. 2017. Phylogenetic analysis of the core histone doublet and DNA topo II genes of Marseilleviridae: evidence of proto-eukaryotic provenance. Epigenetics & Chromatin 10:55.
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