Prokaryotic lifestyles in deep sea habitats
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- Lauro, F.M. & Bartlett, D.H. Extremophiles (2008) 12: 15. doi:10.1007/s00792-006-0059-5
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Gradients of physicochemical factors influence the growth and survival of life in deep-sea environments. Insights into the characteristics of deep marine prokaryotes has greatly benefited from recent progress in whole genome and metagenome sequence analyses. Here we review the current state-of-the-art of deep-sea microbial genomics. Ongoing and future genome-enabled studies will allow for a better understanding of deep-sea evolution, physiology, biochemistry, community structure and nutrient cycling.