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Scientists Sequence Booze-Tolerant Bacterium

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers from Koreahave published the genome sequence of Zymomonas mobilis, an alcohol-producing bacterium.


Z. mobilis is used in certain tropical countries to produce pulque and alcoholic palm wines. It is highly tolerant of ethanol, is able to produce ethanol at yields close to the theoretical maximum, and can be manipulated genetically.


The genome of Z. mobilis strain ZM4, which the scientists reported online in Nature Biotechnology on Dec. 12, is about 2 million base pairs long and has approximately 2,000 open reading frames.


The sequencing project involved researchers at SeoulNationalUniversity, as well as EwhaWomansUniversityand Macrogen, both located in Seoul.

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