Students Sequence Genome of New Bacterium

February 12, 2020

Grand View biology majors Amber Castillo and Alyssa Ragner, working in collaboration with Dr. Mike LaGier, sequenced and characterized the genome of a new soil-dwelling bacteria. The bacterium, Pantoea ananatis MMB-1, was originally isolated from soils in Iowa, and is believed to produce antimicrobial compounds. The complete sequence (4,634,340 bases, 4,297 predicted genes) has been published at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (GenBank #JAABOW000000000.1), which is the largest, shared, depository of DNA sequence information in the world. This will allow scientists, globally, to further study the bacterium.

Nice work!