Genomic Islands and the Ecology and Evolution of Prochlorococcus

@article{Coleman2006GenomicIA,
  title={Genomic Islands and the Ecology and Evolution of Prochlorococcus},
  author={Maureen L. Coleman and Matthew B. Sullivan and Adam Camillo Martiny and Claudia Steglich and Kerrie W. Barry and Edward F. Delong and Sallie W. Chisholm},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={311},
  pages={1768 - 1770}
}
Prochlorococcus ecotypes are a useful system for exploring the origin and function of diversity among closely related microbes. The genetic variability between phenotypically distinct strains that differ by less that 1% in 16S ribosomal RNA sequences occurs mostly in genomic islands. Island genes appear to have been acquired in part by phage-mediated lateral gene transfer, and some are differentially expressed under light and nutrient stress. Furthermore, genome fragments directly recovered… Expand

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