Genomic Secrets of Organisms That Thrive in Extreme Deep-Sea
Published:31 Mar.2021    Source:Hong Kong Baptist University

A study led by scientists at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has decoded the genomes of the deep-sea clam (Archivesica marissinica) and the chemoautotrophic bacteria (Candidatus Vesicomyosocius marissinica) that live in its gill epithelium cells. Through analysis of their genomic structures and profiling of their gene expression patterns, the research team revealed that symbiosis between the two partners enables the clams to thrive in extreme deep-sea environments.

 
The research findings have been published in the academic journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.