My lab has a new paper that just came out on the sequencing and analysis of the genome of a pretty cool (or hot actually) bacterium, Thermomicrobium roseum, which was isolated from a Toadstool Spring, an alkaline siliceous hotspring in Yellowstone National Park. This paper is from a grant we had when I was at TIGR as part of the "Assembling the Tree of Life" program at NSF. Our grant was focused on generating genome sequences from phyla of bacteria for which no genomes were available.
- We report the first example of a plasmid that encodes all the genes needed for chemotaxis including all the genes for making a flagellum. Given that they are on a plasmid this suggests that motility could be easily transfered between species.
- We report experimental work and genome analysis that helps understand the novel membrane and cell wall structure in this species.
- This is the first thermophile known to oxidize carbon monoxide
So I am offering up my paper as a case study. If you comment and ask questions or make critiques, I will try to respond. And if you think something in our paper is wrong or weird, please say so. If you think something in our paper is supported by other work we do not cite, please say this too. If you have anything useful to say, please make comments.
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- Go to the paper at the PLoS One Web Site.
- In the upper right click on "Login" if you have an account or "Create account" if you do not.
- Return to the paper once you are logged in
- Find some part of the text you want to comment on
- Highlight that text and click over on the right "Add a note" or "Make a comment"
- Fire away.