Life With 482 Genes

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Science  20 Oct 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5235, pp. 445
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5235.445


A. Goffeau discusses the implications of the sequencing of the second complete genome—that of the small parasite Mycoplasma genitalium—by C. Fraser et al., reported in this issue of Science. This technically impressive achievement now allows identification of minimal sets of genes necessary for various biological functions and comparisons to other complete genome sequences.