Contact: Professor Dr. Ralph Bock
Caption: Fast-forwarding evolution. A gene’s jump from the chloroplast genome into that of the nucleus is made visible here through the development of antibiotic resistance. In the two green shoots, the resistance gene has migrated into the cell nucleus, where it can be correctly read, thus allowing the plant to grow on an antibiotic-containing medium.
Credit: Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
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