The Maine Public Broadcasting Network
Listen Live
Classical 24
Search
Maine Research Center to Probe Deep-Sea Microbes
11/20/2012 10:22 AM ET  

A consortium led by a researcher from Maine's Bigelow Laboratory will perform single-cell whole genome sequencing of more than 300 deep-water microbes that have lived in isolation for millions of years.

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) _ Bigelow Laboratory's Single Cell Genomics Center in Maine has extracted and amplified DNA from microbial cells that appear to thrive miles deep in the ocean, which until recently was thought to be devoid of life.

A consortium of scientists, led by a researcher from the East Boothbay lab, has received a major award of services from the U.S. Energy Department to perform single-cell whole genome sequencing of over 300 deep-water microbes that have lived in isolation for millions of years.

The project is a multi-year collaboration between scientists at Bigelow Laboratory, Princeton University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Desert Research Institute, Technical Research Center of Finland, University of Delaware and Western Washington University.

Bigelow researcher Ramunas Stepanauskas says the project takes advantage of cutting-edge research tools.


 

ReturnReturn!



Become a Fan of the NEW MPBNNews Facebook page. Get news, updates and unique content to share and discuss:

Recommended by our audience on Facebook:
Copyright © 2014 Maine Public Broadcasting Network. All rights reserved.