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Genome sequences from the sea

Despite their diminutive stature, phytoplankton have a huge global influence. The genomes of four strains of phytoplankton have now been completely sequenced, revealing their genetic adaptations to distinct marine niches.

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Figure 1: Prochlorococcus: the smallest of the marine phytoplankton, and the genus with the smallest known genomes of any oxygen-generating photosynthetic organism.


Figure 2: Marine cyanophages.



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