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Capturing Carbon in the Oceans: Second Diatom Genome Sequenced at DOE-Joint Genome Institute (JGI)
Published: November 17, 2008
Posted: January 27, 2009

In the November 13, 2008, issue of Nature, a 77-person team of researchers from 31 scientific institutions including the JGI, reports the complete sequence of a second diatom, Phaeodactylum tricornutum, and an initial comparison with the first sequenced diatom, Thalassiosira pseudonana, also sequenced at the DOE-JGI. Responsible for up to 40% of CO2 capture in the oceans, diatoms play major roles in global carbon sequestration and processing. Preliminary analysis of the P. tricornutum genome suggests a significant degree of acquisition of large sets of genes (perhaps more than 5%) from prokaryotic organisms with subsequent adaptation to the needs of the diatom for carbon and nitrogen processing.

Contact: Daniel Drell, SC-23.2, (301) 903-4742
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Carbon Cycle, Nutrient Cycling
  • Research Area: Genomic Analysis and Systems Biology
  • Research Area: Microbes and Communities
  • Research Area: DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI)

Division: SC-33.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER

 

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