Transient existence of life without a cell membrane: a novel strategy of siphonous seaweed for survival and propagation.


Siphonous seaweeds, which constitute a vital component of coral reefs, are structurally simple, single-celled coenocytic macroscopic green algae. Kim et al.1 have recently shown the extraordinary wound-repair and propagation mechanism of one such siphonous green alga--Bryopsis plumosa. Nucleocytoplasmic aggregates, which are released after injury to this… (More)


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