Friday, October 8, 2010

Biggest genome of all?

This is just plain interesting:

In a new paper from the Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, Pellicer et al. report that the plant Paris japonica has the largest genome of all at 152 pg. For those keeping score, that's a whopping 50 times the size of the human genome, and about 300,000 times the size of the smallest bacterial genome. Impressive.

Pellicer et al. 2010. The largest eukaryotic genome of them all? Biol J Linn Soc 164(1):10-15.

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