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Diatom genomes come of age

Assaf Vardi, Kimberlee Thamatrakoln, Kay D Bidle and Paul G Falkowski*

Author Affiliations

Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology Program, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08540, USA

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Genome Biology 2008, 9:245  doi:10.1186/gb-2008-9-12-245

Published: 9 January 2009

Abstract

The results of two published genome sequences from marine diatoms provide basic insights into how these remarkable organisms evolved to become one of the most successful groups of eukaryotic algae in the contemporary ocean.