Is Bigger Better in Cricket?

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Science  11 Feb 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5455, pp. 985-986
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5455.985

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Why is it that the simplest animals and plants often have the largest genomes whereas more complex animals and plants have smaller genomes. This C -value paradox has kept biologists puzzled for decades. Now, in a Perspective, Pierre Capy explains new findings ( Petrov et al. ) showing that the rate of elimination of "junk" DNA explains the difference in genome size between the cricket and the fruit fly.