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Exploring Asgard archaea to illuminate the prokaryote-to-eukaryote transition

Project description

Asgard archaea as a unique model for understanding the emergence of eukaryotic cells

The origin of the eukaryotic cell is one of the hallmarks of the evolution of life on Earth. The current hypothesis is that an archaeal host cell merged with an alphaproteobacterial (mitochondrial) endosymbiont, resulting in the first eukaryotic cell. Recent data point to a shared ancestry between the host cell and the Asgard archaea, which uniquely displays several eukaryotic features. However, many details about the nature of the archaeal host and the alleged mitochondrial endosymbiont remain elusive. The EU-funded PRO2EUK project aims to elucidate the emergence of eukaryotic cellular complexity. The research will provide insights into the genomic and biological identity and nature of Asgard archaea as well as the emergence of eukaryotic cells.

Host institution

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Net EU contribution
€ 2 000 000,00
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 2 000 000,00
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00