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Curr Biol. 2008 Apr 22;18(8):R345-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2008.02.065.

Organelle evolution: what's in a name?

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The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Integrated Microbial Biodiversity Program, Department of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada. pkeeling@interchange.ubc.ca

Abstract

Plastids are organelles derived from cyanobacterial endosymbionts and the evolutionary process that gave rise to them is well understood. Or is it? The complete genome sequence of a recently evolved photosynthetic body in Paulinella chromatophora is cause for reflection on the distinction between 'endosymbiont' and 'organelle', and how the boundaries between these terms can blur.

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18430636
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2008.02.065
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