Researchers unravel core algae genes

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A international team of scientists led by California State University San Marcos has sequenced the genomes for 14 strains of a ubiquitous algae, paving the way for potential breakthroughs in everything from dentistry to orthopedics to control of a key greenhouse gas.

The researchers’ work, newly published in the journal Nature, involved decoding the DNA of related strains of the phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi. Their project is one of only a handful worldwide to unravel the genomes of marine algae and the first ever to document a pan genome — a set of core genes shared by diverse varieties of algae.

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