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Bacteria from hot springs reveal clues to evolution of early life

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June 08, 2010 05:00PM
A bacteria that lives in hot springs in Japan may help solve one of the mysteries of the early evolution of complex organisms, according to a study publishing next week in PLoS Biology. It may also be the key to 21st century biofuel production. Biochemists Alan Lambowitz and Georg Mohr began investigating Thermosynechococcus elongatus, a cyanobacterium that can survive at temperatures up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, after they noticed an unusually high percentage of the bacteria's genetic sequence was composed of elements known as group II introns.

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Bacteria from hot springs reveal clues to evolution of early life

Rick2881June 08, 2010 05:00PM



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