Tree of Life

Despite life’s diversity, all living things that we know of share the same genetic basis. Whether they come from an amoeba or a zebra, the DNA and RNA are made up of the same chemicals. These chemicals store and transmit information that determines the nature of every living creature. This is called the universal genetic code. Studying this code has become a powerful tool for finding important clues to life’s origin.

Explore an interactive version of the Tree of Life.