Are algal genes in nonphotosynthetic protists evidence of historical plastid endosymbioses?

@article{Stiller2009AreAG,
  title={Are algal genes in nonphotosynthetic protists evidence of historical plastid endosymbioses?},
  author={John W. Stiller and Jinling Huang and Qin Ding and Jing Tian and C Goodwillie},
  journal={BMC Genomics},
  year={2009},
  volume={10},
  pages={484 - 484}
}
How photosynthetic organelles, or plastids, were acquired by diverse eukaryotes is among the most hotly debated topics in broad scale eukaryotic evolution. The history of plastid endosymbioses commonly is interpreted under the "chromalveolate" hypothesis, which requires numerous plastid losses from certain heterotrophic groups that now are entirely aplastidic. In this context, discoveries of putatively algal genes in plastid-lacking protists have been cited as evidence of gene transfer from a… CONTINUE READING