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TIGR-led Team Sequences Dechlorinating Bacterium

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 (GenomeWeb News) - A multi-institutional team has sequenced the genome of Dehalococcoides ethenogenes, a bacterium capable of metabolizing certain chlorinated solvents and pollutants, according to the Institute for Genomic Research, which led the effort.


D. ethenogenes is the only known microorganism that can dechlorinate the common pollutants tetracholoroethelene and trichloroethylene -- a quality that has made it useful in at least 17 bioremediation sites in the United States, TIGR said.


"Because chlorinated solvents have polluted so many water sources, there is a pressing need for new techniques to clean up such pollutants," said John Heidelberg, senior author of the study and a TIGR Associate Investigator, in the statement.


An analysis of the genome will be published in the Jan. 7 issue of Science.

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