Smallest self replicating organism

Mary K.Kuhner mkkuhner at
Thu Aug 30 18:37:42 EST 2001

Rich Cooper  <richcooper1 at> wrote:
>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?

Mycoplasma, and this is an understatement; one species seems to 
have 517 genes.

for a description of the experiment that showed that not all of the
517 genes are essential.

Mary Kuhner mkkuhner at


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