Radio Interview on the discovery of a missing link in the evolution of eukaryotic cells

Kasper Urup Kjeldsen presents new research results on the national radio program "P1 Eftermiddag"

2017.01.13 | Maj Thimm Carlsen

Gravity Coring in Aarhus Bay on board Thyra, Aarhus University's research vessel. Photo by Bo Barker Jørgensen, graphic by Kasper Urup Kjeldsen.

Deep in the sediment of Aarhus Bay a research team including researchers from the Center for Geomicrobiology and the Section for Microbiology, Aarhus University found a microscopic organism that represents the closest living relative of the microorganisms that evolved to form the eukaryotic cell en estimated 2 billion years ago. This discovery thus offers a glimpse into the initial steps of the evolution of eukaryotes.

 

Listen to the interview here (in Danish). The interview begins after approx. 1.27 minutes

Read more about the discovery here

Center for Geomicrobiology