Why genes persist in organelle genomes
1 Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Stockholm University, S106 91, Sweden
2 Plant Molecular Biology Group, School of Biomedical and Chemical Science, University of Western Australia, Nedlands 6009, Western Australia, Australia
Genome Biology 2005, 6:110 doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-5-110Published: 29 April 2005
Mitochondria and plastids (including chloroplasts) have a small but vital genetic coding capacity, but what are the properties of some genes that dictate that they must remain encoded in organelles?