The study was published in the July 9 issue of Science. It may also be pertinent to the ongoing development of algae as a biofuel petroleum replacement, a major focus of research in San Diego and at the federal level.The team compared the genome of Volvox, a multicellular spherical algae, with that of the unicellular Chlamydomonas. Scientific evidence suggests the two species split off from a common ancestor between 50 million and 200 million years ago. However, their genetic makeup is extremely similar, the researchers found.
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