Smallest self replicating organism

Gordon D. Pusch gdpusch at NO.xnet.SPAM.com
Tue Sep 4 23:09:09 EST 2001


"Rich Cooper" <richcooper1 at mindspring.com> writes:

> In Scientific American this month, an article
 states
 > that there is some organism with less than 3,000
 genes 
 > that can self replicate.
 >
 > Does anyone know what this organism is?
 
=Much= smaller self-replicators than that are known,
 e.g. Mycoplasma genitalium (547 genes). It is
believed
that a ``minimal'' self-replicator would have
between
250 and 350 genes; see
<http://www.tigr.org/minimal/>.


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