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New Genomes Shed Light on Complex Cells

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Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1280-1281
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5520.1280b

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COLD SPRING HARBOR, NEW YORK-- At a genome sequencing and biology meeting last week, researchers announced that they have decoded the genetic complement of fission yeast and are in the midst of sequencing two fungi. By determining which genes the varied eukaryotic organisms sequenced to date have in common and removing those that are also shared by prokaryotes, researchers have identified the subset of genes that make possible the more complex cell functioning of eukaryotes.