Extremeophiles and Extreme Environments

Low Abundance Acidophilic Archea Revealed

By Keith Cowing
January 14, 2007

Scientists from NAI’s University of California, Berkeley Team report in Science on their use of shotgun sequencing to uncover three novel archea present in all biofilms growing in pH 0.5 to 1.5 solutions within the Richmond Mine, California. Their results inform the problem of characterizing microbial communities and lineages which are difficult to cultivate. [Source: NAI Newsletter]

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