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Deinococcus geothermalis Genome

Results of a recent study titled "Deinococcus geothermalis: The Pool of Extreme Radiation Resistance Genes Shrinks," was published in the Sept. 26, 2007 edition of PLoS ONE. The study reports the whole-genome sequence of D. geothermalis, which was only the second for an extremely radiation- and desiccation-resistant bacterium. D. geothermalis has also been engineered for bioremediation of radioactive waste sites. In a related paper, published in the ISME Journal in February 2008, we present evidence supporting that protein protection is key to surviving extreme desiccation, with interesting connections to "Extreme resistance of bdelloid rotifers to ionizing radiation" by Gladyshev & Meselson in Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2008;105(13):5139-44.


D. geothermalis on TGY plate
D. geothermalis on TGY plate
D. geothermalis, TEM
D. geothermalis, TEM