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|Thursday, February 15, 2001, updated at 09:21(GMT+8)|
Chinese Scientists Complete 1st Microbial Genome Map
By far, scientists have discovered 2,808 genes, 1,481 of them are genes with known functions, while the functions of the remaining 1,327 remain unknown.
Researchers have found that this kind of bacteria is a new bacterium that has never been reported internationally.
Scientists with the Human Genome Center, Institute of Microbiology and Institute of Bio-physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences have begun to determine the DNA sequence of this kind of thermophilic bacteria since May 1999 and have found that it has more than 2.6 million base-pairs.
By PD Online staff member Li Yan
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