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New genomes show off the abilities of ocean cyanobacterium

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The cyanobacterium Cyanothece is a resident of the open ocean, where it fixes nitrogen and carries out photosynthesis. But five new genome sequences of reveal that Cyanothece is equipped for a lot more than just plain-old nitrogen fixation. It has versatile metabolic pathways ā€“ an asset that makes it a good candidate for light-driven biofuels production. The study appears in the online journal mBio.
 
 

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