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Biol Bull. 2003 Apr;204(2):186-91.

Genomic markers of ancient anaerobic microbial pathways: sulfate reduction, methanogenesis, and methane oxidation.

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Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543, USA. teske@email.unc.edu

Abstract

Genomic markers for anaerobic microbial processes in marine sediments-sulfate reduction, methanogenesis, and anaerobic methane oxidation-reveal the structure of sulfate-reducing, methanogenic, and methane-oxidizing microbial communities (including uncultured members); they allow inferences about the evolution of these ancient microbial pathways; and they open genomic windows into extreme microbial habitats, such as deep subsurface sediments and hydrothermal vents, that are analogs for the early Earth and for extraterrestrial microbiota.

PMID:
12700151
DOI:
10.2307/1543556
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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