Dr. Julius Lukeš, another foundation grantee and a professor at the Czech Academy of Sciences, has made substantial progress working with the marine protist Diplonema papillatum. Recent environmental surveys have revealed Diplonema to be one of the most abundant and diverse groups of protists in the ocean while remaining among the least understood. It is believed that many diplonemids are parasites of other organisms. Lukeš and his collaborators, Drs. Gertraud Burger at the University of Montreal and Patrick Keeling at the University of British Columbia, have been successful in getting artificially constructed gene segments into Diplonema cells.
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