Friday, October 13, 2006

New finding of the 'tiniest genomes' of the world

Reports from New Scientist:
Carsonella ruddiiRecord for the least number of genome is approximately 400’000, by Mycoplasma genitallium bacterium. Carsonella ruddii, bacteria that live in insects, has merely 182, which means about 160’000 of genetic codes, One third the size of the previous. Researchers at University of Arizona also believe that the bacterium is facing distinction. (Link)

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