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Pfiesterian Lifestyle: Simple or Complex?

Science  11 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5592, pp. 348
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5592.348

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One amazing--and, to some observers, incredible--aspect of Pfiesteria's biology is its 24-stage life cycle, including amoeboid forms. Now a recent study directly challenges this claim, concluding that Pfiesteria's life cycle is much simpler.