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Genome Signatures Enable Tracking of Algal Complexity

Researchers led by the DOE Joint Genome Institute and the Salk Institute present the 138 million nucleotide genome of Volvox carteri, a multicellular alga that captures light energy through photosynthesis.
 The Volvox genome was compared with that of the unicellular alga and close relative Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, whose genome was made available three years ago by the DOE JGI.
Both algae belong to the Volvocales family and both are used for researched for biofuel capability.
"The work that I've been interested in all my life, which is understanding the origin of multicellularity in this group, has only just begun with the sequence of the genome," said Kirk, considered the grandfather of Volvox biology and a staunch advocate for using the alga to study multicellularity. "Now the answers are going to be much more readily accessible. I sort of wish I had been born later so I could participate, but I'm going to be on the sidelines cheering."
YOu can get more about it at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100709143417.htm
It is so nice to read about the life and times of researchers, isn't it mates !
Richard Spyros
Tue August 31 2010 12:43:42 PM by Richard DOE  |  jgi 1716 views
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