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Gene transfer gone wild reveals driving force behind mitochondrial sex
December 19, 2013
Pioneering research led by Indiana University has identified genes from a number of plant species, including the entire mitochondrial genomes from three green algae and one moss, in the mitochondrial genome of Amborella trichopoda. The South Pacific shrub is considered to be the sole survivor--the "last man standing"--of one of the two oldest lineages of flowering plants, while the other lineage comprises the other 300,000 species of flowering plants.
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