Archaeal Genomes

Abstract

The genomes of 46 archaeal species have been fully sequenced and published. As of this writing (September, 2007), 60 more are in various stages of progress. Analyses of these genomes are providing many useful insights into the evolution and functioning of diverse archaea, helping to understand the diverse physiological properties of archaea and their relationships to bacteria and eukarya.

Keywords: archaea; sequence analysis; extremophile; microbial genomics

Figure 1.

Functional distribution of genes for the archaeon Methanocaldicoccus jannaschii DSM2661.

Figure 2.

Functional distribution of genes for the archaeon Methanothermobacter thermautotrophicus Delta H.

Figure 3.

Functional distribution of genes for the archaeon Archaeoglobus fulgidus DSM4304.

Figure 4.

Functional distribution of genes for the archaeon Pyrococcus horikoshii (shinkaj) OT3.

Figure 5.

Functional distribution of genes for the archaeon Aeropyrum pernix K1.

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Atlas, Ronald M, Drell, Daniel, and Fraser‐Liggett, Claire(Apr 2008) Archaeal Genomes. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003653.pub2]