Algal genes in the closest relatives of animals.

@article{Sun2010AlgalGI,
  title={Algal genes in the closest relatives of animals.},
  author={Guiling Sun and Zefeng Yang and Arjun Ishwar and Jinling Huang},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2010},
  volume={27 12},
  pages={2879-89}
}
The spread of photosynthesis is one of the most important but controversial topics in eukaryotic evolution. Because of massive gene transfer from plastids to the nucleus and because of the possibility that plastids have been lost in evolution, algal genes in aplastidic organisms often are interpreted as footprints of photosynthetic ancestors. These putative plastid losses, in turn, have been cited as support for scenarios involving the spread of plastids in broadscale eukaryotic evolution… CONTINUE READING

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