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Nucleomorph genomes: much ado about practically nothing

Paul R Gilson

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Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Deakin University, Victoria 3125, Australia

Genome Biology 2001, 2:reviews1022-reviews1022.5  doi:10.1186/gb-2001-2-8-reviews1022

Published: 30 July 2001


The DNA sequence of one of the smallest eukaryotic genomes has recently been finished - that of the reduced nucleus, or nucleomorph, of an algal endosymbiont that resides within a cryptomonad host cell. Its sequence promises insights into chloroplast acquisition, the constraints on genome size and the basic workings of eukaryotic cells.