Mehtali received his doctorate degree in Molecular Biology from the Laboratoire de Genetique Moleculaire des Eucaryotes
at the University of Strasbourg.
In contrast, algae, fungi and protozoa are eucaryotes
, as their nuclei are bound by a nuclear membrane, contain several DNA molecules and undergo division by the well-known process of mitosis.
Historically, life was organized into two evolutionary branches, prokaryotes and eucaryotes
Like the transgenic procaryotes that preceded them in the repertoire of scientific investigative tools, transgenic eucaryotes
will ultimately provide humankind with fundamental and valuable knowledge of the natural world.