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Genome of Methane-Breathing Bacterium Sequenced

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers led by the Institute for Genomic Research have published the genome sequence of Methylococcus capsulatus, a methane-breathing bacterium commonly found in soils, landfills, sediments, and peat bogs.


In their study, which appeared online in PLoS Biology this week, the scientists found that M. capsulatus possesses multiple metabolic pathways for utilizing methane. Moreover, they found genes suggesting that the microbe might be able to grow on sugars, oxidize sulfur, and live in reduced-oxygen environments.


Scientists at the Universityof Bergenin Norwayparticipated in the analysis of the genome sequence.

The Scan

Interfering With Invasive Mussels

The Chicago Tribune reports that researchers are studying whether RNA interference- or CRISPR-based approaches can combat invasive freshwater mussels.

Participation Analysis

A new study finds that women tend to participate less at scientific meetings but that some changes can lead to increased involvement, the Guardian reports.

Right Whales' Decline

A research study plans to use genetic analysis to gain insight into population decline among North American right whales, according to CBC.

Science Papers Tie Rare Mutations to Short Stature, Immunodeficiency; Present Single-Cell Transcriptomics Map

In Science this week: pair of mutations in one gene uncovered in brothers with short stature and immunodeficiency, and more.