Mathematician and physicist, Antoine Danchin immersed himself in experimental microbiology at the beginning of the 1970s. To understand the rules of gene organization in bacteria, he collaborated with artificial intelligence specialists in 1985. The success of this work convinced him that the time had come to explore genomes as totalities, with the help of a decisive effort in information science. As early as 1991, this led to a first discovery: half of the genes identified by sequencing in the genome of a model bacterium were totally unknown.
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- Origin of the first cells: the engineer’s point of view, published in Life, Emergence of life - TheWednesday 15 June 2016