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Japanese Researchers Sequence Genome of Thermophile Bacterium G. kaustophilus

NEW YORK, Dec. 30 (GenomeWeb News) - The JapanAgency of Marine-Earth Science and Technology has sequenced the genome of Gabacilus kaustophilus, a kind of thermophilic bacteria, the agency said last week.

The genome of the organism, whose sample was obtained in the Mariana Trench, comprises 351 million bases of chromosomal DNA and around 48,000 bases of plasmid DNA, the agency said. There are about 3,000 genes, of which about 2,000 are shared between the two DNAs.

The group said results of their findings, which appear in the Dec. 8 issue of Nucleic Acids Research, can be used to compare general bacteria with thermophilic bacteria, and may help researchers better understand the mechanism of microorganism adaptation to high heat.

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