ROCKVILLE, Md.--The Institute for Genomic Research announced that the completed sequence of the Thermotoga maritima genome, the eighth it has sequenced, is now available through a microbial database at A paper summarizing the study of the nearly 2 million base-pair genome was published in the May 27 issue of Nature.

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