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Title: Hot-Water Worms May Use Bacteria as Shield
Url: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/01/0117_050117_tubeworms...
Creator: Roach, John
Publisher: National Geographic News
Description: This National Geographic news article highlights research being done to study the Pompeii worm (Alvinella pompejana), the most heat tolerant complex organism on Earth, and its microscopic symbionts. Bacteria on the worms' backs act like firefighters' blankets, shielding the worms from intermittent blasts of hot, metal-rich water. Scientists are currently characterizing the chemistry of the vent environment by sequencing a large amount of DNA from the bacterial community-the metagenome. The page includes links to related National Geographic sites.
LC Classification: Agriculture -- Animal culture -- Pets -- Other animals, A-Z -- Worms
Science -- Botany -- Plant ecology -- Plant adaptation -- Nutritive adaptation -- Parasites, saprophytes, symbionts
Science -- Microbiology
Science -- Zoology -- Geographical distribution -- Physiographic divisions -- Water -- Ocean -- Hydrothermal vents
GEM Subject: Science -- Biological and life sciences
Key Concept: Agriculture -- Animal science
Resource Type: Overviews
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Format: html
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Language: English
Rights: National Geographic Society
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-06-17 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2009-06-16 20:57:31 (W3C-DTF)
Source: Microbial Life
Full Record Views: 83
Resource URL Clicks: 11
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