Each Gene and Protein in a Cell Has a Function (image) University of California - San Diego Share Print E-Mail Caption Each gene and protein in a cell has a function, and many of these functions are linked to each other. Thus, as organisms evolve, the collective functions of all genes and proteins in the cells influence the evolution of each gene or protein. Credit Courtesy of Systems Biology Research Group, UC San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering Usage Restrictions Credit required Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.