Environmental Genome Shotgun Sequencing of the Sargasso Sea

J. Craig Venter, Karin Remington, John F. Heidelberg, Aaron L. Halpern, Doug Rusch, Jonathan A Eisen, Dongying Wu, Ian Paulsen, Karen E. Nelson, William Nelson, Derrick E. Fouts, Samuel Levy, Anthony H. Knap, Michael W. Lomas, Ken Nealson, Owen White, Jeremy Peterson, Jeff Hoffman, Rachel Parsons, Holly Baden-TillsonCynthia Pfannkoch, Yu Hui Rogers, Hamilton O. Smith

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3089 Scopus citations


We have applied "whole-genome shotgun sequencing" to microbial populations collected en masse on tangential flow and impact filters from seawater samples collected from the Sargasso Sea near Bermuda. A total of 1.045 billion base pairs of nonredundant sequence was generated, annotated, and analyzed to elucidate the gene content, diversity, and relative abundance of the organisms within these environmental samples. These data are estimated to derive from at least 1800 genomic species based on sequence relatedness, including 148 previously unknown bacterial phylotypes. We have identified over 1.2 million previously unknown genes represented in these samples, including more than 782 new rhodopsin-tike photoreceptors. Variation in species present and stoichiometry suggests substantial oceanic microbial diversity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-74
Number of pages9
Issue number5667
StatePublished - Apr 2 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


Dive into the research topics of 'Environmental Genome Shotgun Sequencing of the Sargasso Sea'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this