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Bacterium sequenced makes rare form of chlorophyll
Date:2/4/2008

to have such dramatic genome expansion.

Blankenship said that once the gene that causes the late-step chemical transformation is found and inserted successfully into other plants or organisms, that it could potentially represent a five percent increase in available light for organisms to use.

We now have genetic information on a unique organism that makes this type of pigment that no other organism does, Blankenship said. We dont know what all the genes do by any means. But weve just begun the analysis. When we find the chlorophyll d enzyme and then look into transferring it into other organisms, well be working to extend the range of potentially useful photosynthesis radiation.


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Contact: Robert Blankenship
blankenship@wustl.edu
314-935-7971
Washington University in St. Louis
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