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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.

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