The Physcomitrella genome reveals evolutionary insights into the conquest of land by plants.

@article{Rensing2008ThePG,
  title={The Physcomitrella genome reveals evolutionary insights into the conquest of land by plants.},
  author={Stephan A Rensing and Daniel Lang and Andreas D. Zimmer and Astrid Terry and Asaf A. Salamov and Harris Shapiro and Tomoaki Nishiyama and Pierre-François Perroud and Erika Lindquist and Yasuko Kamisugi and Takako Tanahashi and Keiko Yonekura- Sakakibara and Tomomichi Fujita and Kazuko Oishi and Tadasu Shin-I and Yoko Kuroki and Atsushi Toyoda and Yutaka Suzuki and Shin-ichi Hashimoto and Kazuo Yamaguchi and Sumio Sugano and Yuji Kohara and Asao Fujiyama and Aldwin M Anterola and Setsuyuki Aoki and N. Ashton and William Brad Barbazuk and Elizabeth S. Barker and Jeffrey Bennetzen and Robert E. Blankenship and Sung Hyun Cho and Susan K. Dutcher and Mark Estelle and Jeffrey A. Fawcett and Heidrun Gundlach and Kousuke Hanada and Alexander Heyl and Karen A. Hicks and Jon Hughes and Martin Lohr and Klaus F.X Mayer and Alexander N. Melkozernov and Takashi Murata and David R. Nelson and Birgit Pils and Michael J Prigge and Bernd Reiss and Tanya Renner and Stephane Rombauts and Paul J. Rushton and Anton Sanderfoot and Gabriele Schween and Shin-Han Shiu and Kurt St{\"u}ber and Frederica L Theodoulou and Hank Tu and Yves Van de Peer and Paul Verrier and Elizabeth G Waters and Andrew Wood and Lixing Yang and David H Cove and Andrew C Cuming and Mitsuyasu Hasebe and Susan Lucas and Brent D. Mishler and Ralf Reski and Igor V. Grigoriev and Ralph S. Quatrano and Jeffrey L. Boore},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={319 5859},
  pages={64-9}
}
We report the draft genome sequence of the model moss Physcomitrella patens and compare its features with those of flowering plants, from which it is separated by more than 400 million years, and unicellular aquatic algae. This comparison reveals genomic changes concomitant with the evolutionary movement to land, including a general increase in gene family complexity; loss of genes associated with aquatic environments (e.g., flagellar arms); acquisition of genes for tolerating terrestrial… CONTINUE READING
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