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Combining profiling and genomics yields novel metabolites

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Researchers studied 10 different cyanobacteria to identify their secondary metabolites (compounds produced during normal cellular metabolism not directly involved in cell growth, that may play an important role in interactions outside the cell) and the genes linked to those molecules.

Understanding the metabolic pathways of cyanobacteria is an essential step for using them to produce biofuels, but those pathways are not well understood. The researchers identified numerous compounds associated with cyanobacteria metabolism, more than half of which were previously unknown, and found linked genes for several of them.

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