There’s been plenty of talk lately about the DNA differences between our favourite insects and humans.
The Australian Science Festival, the Australasian Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne all feature a selection of species that are closely related to humans.
But there’s one that’s been called out for its similarity to the human genome: the genus Staphylococcus aureus.
It’s been suggested that the DNA of the bacterium might also have been inherited from humans, but this has been disputed by other researchers.
This article has been corrected on 22 September 2018.
We have amended this article to make clear the name of the Australian Science Magazine.
We’ve also amended the article title to make it clearer that the bacteria is called Staph and not Pseudomonas, which is the organism that causes strep throat.