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Happy together: genomic insights into the unique Nanoarchaeum/Ignicoccus association

Patrick Forterre12*, Simonetta Gribaldo1 and Céline Brochier-Armanet3

Author Affiliations

1 Institut Pasteur, 25 rue du Docteur Roux, 75015 Paris, France

2 Université Paris-Sud, Institut de Génétique et Microbiologie, CNRS UMR8621, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France

3 Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille I, CNRS UPR9043, Laboratoire de Chimie Bactérienne, IFR88, 31 chemin Joseph Aiguier, 13402, Marseille, Cedex 20, France

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:7  doi:10.1186/jbiol110

Published: 23 January 2009

Abstract

The complete genome sequence of the crenarchaeon Ignicoccus hospitalis published recently in Genome Biology provides a great leap forward in the dissection of its unique association with another hyperthermophilic archaeon, Nanoarchaeum equitans.