Genomic Footprints of a Cryptic Plastid Endosymbiosis in Diatoms

  title={Genomic Footprints of a Cryptic Plastid Endosymbiosis in Diatoms},
  author={Ahmed Moustafa and B. Beszteri and U. G. Maier and C. Bowler and K. Valentin and D. Bhattacharya},
  pages={1724 - 1726}
  • Ahmed Moustafa, B. Beszteri, +3 authors D. Bhattacharya
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Green for Diatoms Diatoms account for 20% of global carbon fixation and, together with other chromalveolates (e.g., dinoflagellates and coccolithophorids), represent many thousands of eukaryote taxa in the world's oceans and on the tree of life. Moustafa et al. (p. 1724; see the Perspective by Dagan and Martin) have discovered that the genomes of diatoms are highly chimeric, with about 10% of their nuclear genes being of foreign algal origin. Of this set of 1272 algal genes, 253 were, as… CONTINUE READING
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