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<i>Deinococcus radiodurans</i> was first discovered in 1956 in a can of ground meat that had been treated with large doses of radiation to remove all hazardous bacteria from the product.  Since then this species has been intensely studied for its radiation resistant properties.  It has been known to withstand radiation levels of up to 1,000 times that which would kill a normal human, living up to its latin name, "strange little berry that withstands radiation."  <i>D. radiodurans</i> has since been isolated from a variety of habitats, mostly soil and feces based.  Being a mesophile, this species grows relatively well between 30-37°C, normally in tetrads.
  
 
==Genome structure==
 
==Genome structure==

Revision as of 02:59, 3 May 2007

A Microbial Biorealm page on the genus Deinococcus radiodurans

Classification

Higher order taxa

Bacteria; Deinococcus-Thermus; Deinococci; Deinococcales; Deinococcaceae; Deinococcus

Species

D. radiodurans, D. radiodurans R1

NCBI: Taxonomy Genome

Description and significance

Deinococcus radiodurans was first discovered in 1956 in a can of ground meat that had been treated with large doses of radiation to remove all hazardous bacteria from the product. Since then this species has been intensely studied for its radiation resistant properties. It has been known to withstand radiation levels of up to 1,000 times that which would kill a normal human, living up to its latin name, "strange little berry that withstands radiation." D. radiodurans has since been isolated from a variety of habitats, mostly soil and feces based. Being a mesophile, this species grows relatively well between 30-37°C, normally in tetrads.

Genome structure

The genome of D. radiodurans consists of four major parts. The complete sequence of the R1 strain has 3,284,156 base pairs made up of two circular chromosomes (2,648,638 and 412,348 base pairs), a major plasmid (177,466 base pairs), and a small plasmid (45,704 base pairs). No current research shows whether or not these plasmids contribute specifically to functionality or virality. However, it is known that multiple copies of each gene are found on all the chromosomes and plasmids, which most likely contributes to its amazing repair capabilities associated with its radiation resistance.

Cell structure and metabolism

Ecology

Application to Biotechnology

Current Research

References

White, O. et al. Genome sequence of the radioresistant bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans R1. Science 286, 1571-1577 (November 19, 1999).

Cox, M., Battista, John. Deinococcus radiodurans — The Consumate Survivor. Nature Reviews Microbiology 3, 882-892 (November 2005).

Edited by Edwin Cook, student of Rachel Larsen and Kit Pogliano