Possible Role of Horizontal Gene Transfer in the Colonization of Sea Ice by Algae

@inproceedings{Raymond2012PossibleRO,
  title={Possible Role of Horizontal Gene Transfer in the Colonization of Sea Ice by Algae},
  author={James A Raymond and Hak Jun Kim},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
Diatoms and other algae not only survive, but thrive in sea ice. Among sea ice diatoms, all species examined so far produce ice-binding proteins (IBPs), whereas no such proteins are found in non-ice-associated diatoms, which strongly suggests that IBPs are essential for survival in ice. The restricted occurrence also raises the question of how the IBP genes were acquired. Proteins with similar sequences and ice-binding activities are produced by ice-associated bacteria, and so it has previously… CONTINUE READING
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