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A genomic view of methane oxidation by aerobic bacteria and anaerobic archaea

Ludmila Chistoserdova1*, Julia A Vorholt3 and Mary E Lidstrom2

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1 Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA

2 Departments of Chemical Engineering and Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA

3 Laboratorie des Interactions Plantes-Microorganismes, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France

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Genome Biology 2005, 6:208  doi:10.1186/gb-2005-6-2-208

Published: 1 February 2005


Recent sequencing of the genome and proteomic analysis of a model aerobic methanotrophic bacterium, Methylococcus capsulatus (Bath) has revealed a highly versatile metabolic potential. In parallel, environmental genomics has provided glimpses into anaerobic methane oxidation by certain archaea, further supporting the hypothesis of reverse methanogenesis.