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Unique Prokaryotic Consortia in Geochemically Distinct Sediments from Red Sea Atlantis II and Discovery Deep Brine Pools

  • Rania Siam mail,

    rsiam@aucegypt.edu

    Affiliations: Biotechnology Graduate Program, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, Department of Biology, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, The Science and Technology Research Center, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

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  • Ghada A. Mustafa,

    Affiliations: Biotechnology Graduate Program, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, The Science and Technology Research Center, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

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  • Hazem Sharaf,

    Affiliation: Biotechnology Graduate Program, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

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  • Ahmed Moustafa,

    Affiliations: Biotechnology Graduate Program, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, Department of Biology, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

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  • Adham R. Ramadan,

    Affiliation: Department of Chemistry, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

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  • Andre Antunes,

    Affiliation: Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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  • Vladimir B. Bajic,

    Affiliation: Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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  • Uli Stingl,

    Affiliation: Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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  • Nardine G. R. Marsis,

    Affiliation: Biotechnology Graduate Program, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

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  • Marco J. L. Coolen,

    Affiliation: Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Mitchell Sogin,

    Affiliation: Josephine Bay Paul Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Ari J. S. Ferreira,

    Affiliations: Biotechnology Graduate Program, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, Department of Biology, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

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  • Hamza El Dorry

    Affiliations: Biotechnology Graduate Program, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, Department of Biology, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, The Science and Technology Research Center, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

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  • Published: August 20, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0042872

About the Authors

Rania Siam, Ghada A. Mustafa, Hazem Sharaf, Ahmed Moustafa, Nardine G. R. Marsis, Ari J. S. Ferreira, Hamza El Dorry
Biotechnology Graduate Program, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Rania Siam, Ahmed Moustafa, Ari J. S. Ferreira, Hamza El Dorry
Department of Biology, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Rania Siam, Ghada A. Mustafa, Hamza El Dorry
The Science and Technology Research Center, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Adham R. Ramadan
Department of Chemistry, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Andre Antunes, Uli Stingl
Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Vladimir B. Bajic
Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Marco J. L. Coolen
Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States of America
Mitchell Sogin
Josephine Bay Paul Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: rsiam@aucegypt.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have read the journal's policy and have the following conflicts: AM and VBB (coauthors) serve on the editorial board. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RS ARR NGRM MJLC MS HE. Performed the experiments: RS GAM HS NGRM. Analyzed the data: RS GAM HS AM ARR AA HE. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RS MJLC MS HE. Wrote the paper: RS GAM AA VBB US AJSF MJLC.