Plastid evolution: remnant algal genes in ciliates

John M Archibald
Current Biology: CB 2008 August 5, 18 (15): R663-R665
Determination of the number of times that plastids have been gained and lost during eukaryotic evolution has proven difficult. A recent study has uncovered what could be the molecular signature of a photosynthetic ancestry for an important plastid-lacking lineage of microbial eukaryotes--the ciliates.

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