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Cyanobacterial Genome Projects

The world stood at attention as the news broke that the human genome had been sequenced. But, hey, we have sequences too! In fact, a cyanobacterium, Synechocystis PCC 6803, was amongst the first organisms fully sequenced, and there's more coming down the cyanobacterial pipe. So -- hello world! -- here's what we have in genome projects:

Synechocystis PCC 6803 (3.6 Mb, complete, last modification Dec 1999)
Contact: Satoshi Tabata

Prochlorococcus marinus MED4 (1.7 Mb, 25 contigs, finishing, as of Dec 1999)
Contact: Penny Chisholm

Anabaena PCC 7120 (6.4 Mb, 344 contigs, finishing, as of Feb 2000)
Contact: Satoshi Tabata

Nostoc punctiforme ATCC 29133 (~9 Mb, 662 contigs, finishing, as of June 2000)
Contact: Jack Meeks

Synechococcus WH8102 (accumulating sequence; web site not up yet as of July 2000)
Contacts: Bianca Brahamsha, Brian Palenik, and John Waterbury

All the sites offer BLAST searches of the genome, either the DNA sequence or translation of it. You may download the entire available sequence or (in some cases) selected parts of it. The Synechocystis site provides a graphical map of the genome and its predicted genes.