Chloroplast origins

Chris Taylor at Catalogue of Organisms has an absolutely stunning review of the origin of chloroplasts in eukaryotes. It's so good I thought it was from Elio Schaechter's blog Small Things Considered when it first popped up in my reader - higher praise there is not.

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Nice. Good to see how the secondary acquisitions are being sorted out.

Do go to Small Things Considered and play the Swine flu protein translated to music.

I remember learning that chlorophyll had a heme structure like that of hemoglobin, but with a Magnesium ion in the center instead of an iron atom.