http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-07/uomr-sbm071806.php

Breakthrough analysis raises questions about link between minute organism and climate

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Ostreococcus tauri

“This week, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a genomic analysis of the smallest, free-living eukaryote offers insight into its ability to thrive in the world’s oceans and evolutionary biology. Known as Ostreococcus tauri, the analyzed phytoplankton has been thought to be not only the smallest eukaryote, but also ancient, dating back 1,500 million years and capable of photosynthesis that helps with carbon cycling. This genomic analysis offers important clues regarding the minimum genome size necessary for an organism to be able to live as a free living cell, perform photosynthesis, impact carbon cycling, and influence the climate.”

I could do with giving this a good read, but that will have to wait…

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