HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ESSAY Circular Chloroplast Chromosomes: The Grand Illusion

  • Published 2004


If we could extract, purify, and visualize the intact DNA molecules from chloroplasts, what would those molecules look like? Most would expect to find circular DNA molecules the size of the chloroplast genome. By contrast, however, only a small fraction of the DNA obtained from chloroplasts is found as genome-sized circles. The reasons for this profound… (More)


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