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The metabolic potential of the single cell genomes obtained from the Challenger Deep, Mariana Trench within the candidate superphylum Parcubacteria (OD1)

Parcubacteria reside in diverse habitats, including deep‐sea sediments. Here we report on Parcubacteria within the microbial population present in the surficial sediments of the Challenger Deep, Mariana Trench. The genome analyses presented here reinforce the view of the Parcubacteria as organisms with small genomes that are able to metabolize organics by fermentation. While considered to have a small genomic size, they also appear capable of expanding their genome. The significance of the newly identified features to the lifestyle and environmental contributions of this enigmatic but abundant super phylum awaits further investigation.

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