Our analysis of the novel genome from a unicellular, mesophilic red alga reveals evidence of genetic transfer implicating various microbial lineages. Our findings suggest that ancestral lineages of red algae acted as mediators of genetic transfer between prokaryotes and photosynthetic eukaryotes.
Genome of the red alga Porphyridium purpureum
Debashish Bhattacharya, Dana C. Price, Cheong Xin Chan, Huan Qiu, Nicholas Rose, Steven Ball, Andreas P M Weber, Maria Cecilia Arias, Bernard Henrissat, Pedro M Coutinho, Anagha Krishnan, Simone Zäuner, Shannon Morath, Frédérique Hilliou, Andrea Egizi, Marie-Mathilde Perrineau and Hwan Su Yoon
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