Newly Identified Nematodes from Mono Lake Exhibit Extreme Arsenic Resistance

Pei Yin Shih, James Siho Lee, Ryoji Shinya, Natsumi Kanzaki, Andre Pires-daSilva, Jean Marie Badroos, Elizabeth Goetz, Amir Sapir, Paul W. Sternberg

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Shih et al. isolate eight nematode species from the arsenic-rich Mono Lake, previously thought to contain only two animal species. One of the Mono Lake nematodes is culturable and shows high arsenic resistance. Resistance in closely related non-extremophile species raises the possibility that nematodes are widely pre-adapted to be extremophiles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3339-3344.e4
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number19
StatePublished - 7 Oct 2019

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  • Mono Lake
  • arsenic
  • extremophiles
  • nematodes
  • preadaptation
  • resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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