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Extreme genomes

Edward F DeLong

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA

Genome Biology 2000, 1:reviews1029-reviews1029.3  doi:10.1186/gb-2000-1-6-reviews1029

Published: 4 December 2000


The complete genome sequence of Thermoplasma acidophilum, an acid- and heat-loving archaeon, has recently been reported. Comparative genomic analysis of this 'extremophile' is providing new insights into the metabolic machinery, ecology and evolution of thermophilic archaea.