Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Harvest of new genes from the ocean

An expedition devoted to uncovering the genetic matter contained in tiny marine organisms is reporting quite a haul. A two-year global voyage effort in search of bacteria and viruses has proven marine microbial life is much richer than anyone suspected. The results will be studied for many more years, and will lead to a much greater understanding of the oceanic food web.

Thanks to Dr. Cherie McCollough for this item.

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