The carnivorous bladderwort includes a much smaller sized genome than other vegetation.

‘The genome was subjected to some durable deletion mechanisms.’ Plant exclusive among close relatives There is likely a solid evolutionary benefit to removing redundant DNA, the researchers speculated. ‘If you have the type of rampant DNA deletion that we discover in the bladderwort, genes that are less important or redundant are easily lost,’ says Albert. ‘The genes that remain – and their features – will be the types that were in a position to withstand this deletion pressure, therefore the selective advantage of having these genes must be pretty high.’ Certainly, the researchers discovered that the bladderwort was particularly more likely to delete genes that didn’t directly relate to survival, also to retain those linked to traits such as wearing down food or maintaining solid cell walls.The Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report is published for Kaisernetwork.org, a free of charge services of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Copyright 2009 Advisory Table Kaiser and Company Family Foundation. All rights reserved.

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