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Algae 2001;16(1): 1-19.
Eukaryotic Algal Genes and Progress in Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Algae
Yoo Kyung Lee, Hong Kum Lee
Microbiology Laboratory, Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute (KORDI)
Molecular biology has provided new tools to explore and expose the genetic basis of taxonomy, biochemistry, physiology, cellular differentiation and developmental biology of eukaryotic algae. In this article we provide a list of previously published eukaryotic algal genes encoded in nuclear genome. The algal groups highlighted are Rhodophyta, Chlorophyta, Chrysophyta, Haptophyta, Dinophyta, Cryptophyta and Euglenophyta. We also focus on five areas where molecular research has provided major insights: cell structure, metabolism, sexual differentiation, photosynthetic apparatus and expressed sequence tags (EST). This paper demonstrates the importance of molecular biological research in algal systems. We also suggest areas where molecular biology will lead to new understanding of algal biology and its applications.
Key words: cell structure, eukaryotic algal genes, expressed sequence tags (EST), metabolism, photosynthetic apparatus, sexual differentiation

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