Evolution: Red Algal Genome Affirms a Common Origin of All Plastids

@article{McFadden2004EvolutionRA,
  title={Evolution: Red Algal Genome Affirms a Common Origin of All Plastids},
  author={Geoffrey Ian McFadden and Giel G. van Dooren},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2004},
  volume={14},
  pages={R514-R516}
}
Photosynthetic organelles (plastids) come in many forms and were originally thought to have multiple origins. The complete genome of the thermophilic red alga Cyanidioschizon merolae provides further evidence that all plastids derive from a single endosymbiotic event more than 600 million years ago. 
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