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Honolulu Star-Bulletin Hawaii News http://starbulletin.com/2003/08/10/news/story10.html 1 of 2 3/5/2008 1:14 PM
 

Summary: Honolulu Star-Bulletin Hawaii News http://starbulletin.com/2003/08/10/news/story10.html
1 of 2 3/5/2008 1:14 PM
Sunday, August 10, 2003
Sea volcano bacteria
may yield health finds
By Mary Vorsino
Associated Press
Scientists using supercomputers to study the bacteria that thrive in
Hawaii's inhospitable environments say mapping the genetic
patterns of the microorganisms could lead to a number of medical
breakthroughs, including the possible creation of a blood substitute.
Researchers at the Maui High Performance Computing Center have
received a grant from IBM Corp. to study the organisms found in
the acidic, heated waters surrounding the submerged Loihi active
volcano, a formation in 3,000-foot waters about 20 miles off the
Big Island.
The research builds on work unveiled two years ago that sequenced
the genome of a rare bacteria collected from the volcano's vent, a
deep-sea habitat similar to the primordial pools from which life
sprung 3.5 billion years ago.

  

Source: Alam, Maqsudul - Department of Microbiology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Biology and Medicine