RESOURCES: Portrait of a Protist

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Science  06 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5723, pp. 769
DOI: 10.1126/science.308.5723.769c

“Photosynthetic” and “hyperactive” don't usually go together, but they're apt adjectives for the microscopic Euglena and its relatives, which carry chloroplasts but can chase down their fellow pond dwellers. The peripatetic protists are the subject of the Euglenoid Project Web site. A primer introduces peculiarities of euglena behavior and anatomy. Visitors can also check out the original euglena sketches by German biologist Christian Ehrenberg—who named the creatures in 1830—or screen movies of cells on the move or snarfing other protists. With interactive keys and synopses of most genera, the site swarms with information for taxonomists. It will soon expand to include full-text versions of most classic euglena literature, says co-creator Richard Triemer of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

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