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J Eukaryot Microbiol. 2000 Jul-Aug;47(4):340-9.

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: biological rationale for genomics.

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Department of Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.


Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has been the subject of genetic, biochemical, cytological, and molecular analyses for over 50 years. It is an ideal model system for the study of flagella and basal bodies as well as the study of photosynthesis and chloroplast biogenesis, cell-cell recognition and fusion, phototaxis, and secretion. It is clear that many of the genes identified in Chlamydomonas have homologs in land plants as well as animals. Thus, a genomic approach in Chlamydomonas will provide another important avenue for the understanding of important biological processes.

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