The plastid genome of Cladophorales green algae consists of short hairpins instead of a long double-stranded plasmid

For a long time we failed to assemble a chloroplast genome in Boodlea. Now Andrea Del Cortona and Frederik Leliaert have finally established using long PacBio reads that the chloroplast genome is not a large circular molecule! An organellar genome that consist of small linear plasmids is unprecedented in eukaryotes and highlights unexpected diversity in organellar genome organisation.

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