NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (GenomeWeb News) - The Institute of Genome Research described in today's issue of Science its characterization of the genome of a bacterium that may be used to clean up radioactive metals.
The report found that the bacterium, Geobacter sulfurreducens, has more than 100 genes that encode for c-type cytochromes, which facilitate electron transfers and metal reduction during metabolism. The organism can also move toward metals, according to the genomic analysis.
The Natural and Accelerated Bioremediation Research and Microbial Genome Programs at the Department of Energy sponsored the project, which was done in collaboration with Derek Lovley of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The DOE Genomes to Life program will use the sequence to do further research in the area of bioremediation.