Holger and Mark, I suppose the ultimate test of Allen's hypothesis
(cited in your reference to Race et al) would be to move the three
genes for respiratory enzymes in the mitochondria of Plasmodium
falciparum to the nucleus and see whether the mitochondria continue to
respire normally. Easier said than done, no doubt.
In article <8pout1$nj9$1 at mercury.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk>,
Holger Hupfer <hupfer at botanik.biologie.uni-muenchen.de> wrote:
> Andrew Gyles schrieb:
>> > At a conference in Italy in 1994 Saccone et al said, 'The
> > question..."why mtDNA and a separated organellar genetic system
> > have persisted throughout evolution?" is still waiting for a
> > answer'(1).
> > Andrew Gyles
> A possible answer to qour question is given in
>> Race et al. (1999), Trends in Genetics 15 (9), 364-370
>> In this article the focus is on the persistence of chloroplast
> what is true for plastids should also be true for mitochondria.
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