Smallest self replicating organism

Dominic-Luc Webb molmed domweb at mbox.ki.se
Fri Aug 31 10:05:18 EST 2001


On 30 Aug 2001, Rich Cooper 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?
   >
   > Rich Cooper


I do not know/recall how many genes it has, but as for
bacteria go (I presume this is too many genes for a
virus, etc), methanococcus seems to have very few genes
and the entire genome of this organism has been more or
less completely sequenced for some years now. You may wish
to look at methanococcus publications.


Cheers,



Dominic

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