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Viable cyanobacteria in the deep continental subsurface

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, October 2018
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21 news outlets
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4 blogs
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188 tweeters
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1 Facebook page
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3 Google+ users
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1 Redditor
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132 Mendeley
Title
Viable cyanobacteria in the deep continental subsurface
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, October 2018
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1808176115
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Authors

Fernando Puente-Sánchez, Alejandro Arce-Rodríguez, Monike Oggerin, Miriam García-Villadangos, Mercedes Moreno-Paz, Yolanda Blanco, Nuria Rodríguez, Laurence Bird, Sara A. Lincoln, Fernando Tornos, Olga Prieto-Ballesteros, Katherine H. Freeman, Dietmar H. Pieper, Kenneth N. Timmis, Ricardo Amils, Víctor Parro

Abstract

Cyanobacteria are ecologically versatile microorganisms inhabiting most environments, ranging from marine systems to arid deserts. Although they possess several pathways for light-independent energy generation, until now their ecological range appeared to be restricted to environments with at least occasional exposure to sunlight. Here we present molecular, microscopic, and metagenomic evidence that cyanobacteria predominate in deep subsurface rock samples from the Iberian Pyrite Belt Mars analog (southwestern Spain). Metagenomics showed the potential for a hydrogen-based lithoautotrophic cyanobacterial metabolism. Collectively, our results suggest that they may play an important role as primary producers within the deep-Earth biosphere. Our description of this previously unknown ecological niche for cyanobacteria paves the way for models on their origin and evolution, as well as on their potential presence in current or primitive biospheres in other planetary bodies, and on the extant, primitive, and putative extraterrestrial biospheres.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 132 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 36 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 29 22%
Student > Bachelor 13 10%
Unspecified 11 8%
Student > Master 10 8%
Other 33 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 38 29%
Environmental Science 25 19%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 22 17%
Unspecified 19 14%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 14 11%
Other 14 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 305. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 28 April 2019.
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#36,821
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Outputs from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#949
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#1,482
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#35
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