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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2004 Jun;15(3):191-8.

Genome analysis of marine photosynthetic microbes and their global role.

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  • Ocean Genome Legacy Foundation, 32 Tozer Road, Beverly, MA 01915, USA. hessw@oceangenomelegacy.org

Abstract

Four recently completed genome projects on marine Cyanobacteria have started the age of comparative genomics for marine microbes. Cyanobacteria are a group of photoautotrophic bacteria that have traditionally been under-represented in studies of complete genome sequences, as have microbes from the marine environment in general. The new genome information is of crucial importance to understanding their role in oceanic primary production, global carbon cycling and functioning of the biosphere. Marine microbes are a still almost untapped resource for the identification of novel beneficial metabolites and activities. The availability of an increasing number of genome sequences will eventually lead to a sustained development of marine biotechnology.

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