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Human Genome News, September-December 1995; 7(3-4):6

Microbial Genomes Sequenced

This year, sequencing projects on the genomes of the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae (1.8 Mb) and Mycoplasma genitalium (0.58 Mb) were completed in record time, the latter with funding from the DOE Microbial Genome Initiative (MGI). Because these are the first free-living organisms whose genomes have been completely sequenced (with M. genitalium having the smallest genome of any independent organism), these data also provide scientists for the first time with a model of all the genetic information needed for independent existence. Another MGI sequencing project soon to be completed focuses on Methanococcus jannaschi, a bacterium that thrives in extremely hot environments.


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