Listen to this episode


Share this article

07.00 11 May 2020


About 550 million years ago natural selection gave us animals, 200 million years ago we had mammals and a mere 300,000 or so years ago you got us, homo sapiens.

The evolutionary process is a slow one driven by very slight incremental alterations over unimaginably large swathes of time. Except perhaps when it comes to De Novo genes. 

So, what are De Novo genes and just how important are they?

Aoife McLysaght - Professor in the School of Genetics and Microbiology in Trinity College Dublin and one of the co-authors of a paper which could re-shape our understanding of how evolution works joined Jonathan to discuss.

Image: publicdomainpictures.net

Futureproof with Johnathan McCrea

Listen and subscribe to Futureproof with Johnathan McCrea on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

  

Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.

  

You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.


Read more about

Aoife McLysagh Cell DNA De Novo Genes Division Evolution Futureproof Genetics Genome Hereditary Jonathan Mccrea Mammals Microbiology Mutations Newstalk Replication Reproduction

Related Episodes

LIONS 22 - 17 SOUTH AFRICA | P...

00:33:37

LIONS 22 - 17 SOUTH AFRICA | Post-match reaction | Brian O’Driscoll & Alan Quinlan

OTB Rugby

00:33:37


Kathleen Noble | Rowing for Ug...

00:20:08

Kathleen Noble | Rowing for Uganda, Journey to the Olympics, Irish connections

OTB Highlights

00:20:08


Alister Esam - Author of 'The...

00:09:38

Alister Esam - Author of 'The Dirty Word'

Down To Business

00:09:38


Industry Review: Farmers

00:18:03

Industry Review: Farmers

Down To Business

00:18:03

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Screentime With John Fardy

Screentime With John Fardy

21:00-22:00

Share

Up next

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

22:00-23:00

Share

BEST OF THE PAT KENNY SHOW

BEST OF THE PAT KENNY SHOW

23:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-07:00

Share

THE HOME SHOW WITH SINEAD RYAN

THE HOME SHOW WITH SINEAD RYAN

07:00-08:00

Share

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWST...

DOCUMENTARY AND DRAMA ON NEWSTALK

08:00-09:00

Share

ALIVE AND KICKING WITH CLARE M...

ALIVE AND KICKING WITH CLARE MCKENNA

09:00-10:00

Share

TAKING STOCK

TAKING STOCK

10:00-11:00

Share

ON THE RECORD WITH GAVAN REILL...

ON THE RECORD WITH GAVAN REILLY

11:00-13:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

13:00-18:00

Share

TECH TALK WITH JESS KELLY

TECH TALK WITH JESS KELLY

18:00-19:00

Share

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK G...

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK GEOGHEGAN

19:00-20:00

Share

SCREENTIME WITH JOHN FARDY

SCREENTIME WITH JOHN FARDY

20:00-21:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on