2012
DOI: 10.1128/mbio.00036-12
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Abstract: ABSTRACTReductive genomic evolution, driven by genetic drift, is common in endosymbiotic bacteria. Genome reduction is less common in free-living organisms, but it has occurred in the numerically dominant open-ocean bacterioplanktonProchlorococcusand “CandidatusPelagibacter,” and in these cases the reduction appears to be driven by natural selection rather than drift. Gene loss in free-living organisms may leave them depende…

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