The one that kinda made it. Almost.
(Jetsam & flotsam, and the random beached squid.)
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There are organisms with smaller genomes—Mycoplasma genitalium has about 400 genes. But these are all obligate parasites or symbionts, relying on other organisms to do the jobs they have abandoned. Pelagibacter is entirely self-sufficient.
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