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A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus

Overview of attention for article published in Science, December 2010
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Title
A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus
Published in
Science, December 2010
DOI 10.1126/science.1197258
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Authors

F. Wolfe-Simon, J. S. Blum, T. R. Kulp, G. W. Gordon, S. E. Hoeft, J. Pett-Ridge, J. F. Stolz, S. M. Webb, P. K. Weber, P. C. W. Davies, A. D. Anbar, R. S. Oremland

Abstract

Life is mostly composed of the elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and phosphorus. Although these six elements make up nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids and thus the bulk of living matter, it is theoretically possible that some other elements in the periodic table could serve the same functions. Here, we describe a bacterium, strain GFAJ-1 of the Halomonadaceae, isolated from Mono Lake, California, that is able to substitute arsenic for phosphorus to sustain its growth. Our data show evidence for arsenate in macromolecules that normally contain phosphate, most notably nucleic acids and proteins. Exchange of one of the major bio-elements may have profound evolutionary and geochemical importance.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 132 6%
Germany 35 2%
Japan 24 1%
United Kingdom 22 <1%
Brazil 22 <1%
Spain 18 <1%
Canada 16 <1%
France 13 <1%
Mexico 12 <1%
Other 117 5%
Unknown 1840 82%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 634 28%
Researcher 557 25%
Student > Master 232 10%
Student > Bachelor 206 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 140 6%
Other 399 18%
Unknown 83 4%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1243 55%
Chemistry 166 7%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 146 6%
Environmental Science 132 6%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 113 5%
Other 331 15%
Unknown 120 5%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1157. 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 11 March 2020.
All research outputs
#3,633
of 14,574,683 outputs
Outputs from Science
#269
of 64,837 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#3,511
of 13,737,057 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#269
of 64,742 outputs
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