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When glass develops into a shell: New findings in diatoms

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November 18, 2009
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CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange)
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Diatoms are microalgae that are responsible for nearly a quarter of the oxygen we breathe, but how does their glass-like skeleton develop? Researchers have solved part of the mystery concerning these organisms, so abundant in our oceans, by discovering several genes that are involved in the storage and transport of silica, the principal constituent of glass.

Diatoms are microalgae that are responsible for nearly a quarter of the oxygen we breathe, but how does their glass-like skeleton develop? Researchers from CNRS and ENS Paris have solved part of the mystery concerning these organisms, so abundant in our oceans, by discovering several genes that are involved in the storage and transport of silica, the principal constituent of glass.


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  1. Sapriel et al. Genome-Wide Transcriptome Analyses of Silicon Metabolism in Phaeodactylum tricornutum Reveal the Multilevel Regulation of Silicic Acid Transporters. PLoS ONE, 2009; 4 (10): e7458 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007458

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