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The Dictyostelium genome: the private life of a social model revealed?

Robert Insall

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School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

Genome Biology 2005, 6:222  doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-6-222

Published: 9 May 2005


The complete genome sequence of Dictyostelium, a widely studied social amoeba, reveals unexpected complexities in genome structure, and cell motility and signaling, most notably the presence of a large number of G-protein-coupled receptors not previously found outside animals and the absence of receptor tyrosine kinases.