This episode: Learning about endosymbionts by comparing bacteria living inside eukaryotes to their free-living cousins!
Thanks to Dr. Vittorio Boscaro for his contribution!
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Microbe of the episode: Ancalochloris perfilievii
Boscaro V, Kolisko M, Felletti M, Vannini C, Lynn DH, Keeling PJ. 2017. Parallel genome reduction in symbionts descended from closely related free-living bacteria. Nat Ecol Evol 1:1160.
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