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CU Boulder Scientists Win $1.75M NSF Grant to Study Microbes That Live in Snow

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder have won a five-year, $1.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study novel microorganisms from Colorado's high mountains, the university said yesterday.


The scientists will focus on microorganisms living under snowfields and glaciers, using a technique to extract DNA from the soil coupled with PCR to identify them. They will also attempt to grow the microbes in the laboratory to test their physiology and genetics further.


The new organisms could be of interest to the chemical industry, providing enzymes that work at low temperatures, according to the scientists.

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