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BMC Biol. 2011 Sep 27;9:61. doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-9-61.

The intriguing evolutionary dynamics of plant mitochondrial DNA.

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Université Montpellier 2, CNRS UMR 5554-Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, Place E Bataillon-CC64, 34095 Montpellier, France. galtier@univ-montp2.fr

Abstract

The mitochondrial genome of plants is-in every respect and for yet unclear reasons-very different from the well-studied one of animals. Thanks to next-generation sequencing technologies, Davila et al. precisely characterized the role played by recombination and DNA repair in controlling mitochondrial variations in Arabidopsis thaliana, thus opening new perspectives on the long-term evolution of this intriguing genome.

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10.1186/1741-7007-9-61
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