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A. Gossypii Sequenced; Smallest Genome of Free-Living Eukaryote To Date

NEW YORK, April 12 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers led by a team at the University of Basel in Switzerland have sequenced and analyzed the genome of Ashbya gossypii, a filamentous ascomycete. They reported their findings in last week's Science.


The 9.2 megabase genome, with fewer than 5,000 protein-coding genes, is the smallest of a free-living eukaryote yet characterized. More than 90 percent of A. gossypii's genes show homology to S. cerevisiae's genes.